The Middle East's biggest airline says a stowaway sneaked aboard one of its flights from China to Dubai.

Dubai-based carrier Emirates said Tuesday that the stowaway was found in the cargo hold of Flight EK303 from Shanghai on Friday, May 27.

The airline says in an emailed statement that it is cooperating fully with Dubai authorities but that "as this is a police matter we are unable to comment further." It did not give any details on the identity or condition of the stowaway.

Dubai police and the Chinese consulate did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Emirates operates numerous flights between its Dubai hub and China, including two round-trip flights daily to Shanghai. The flight in question is usually served by its largest aircraft, the double-decker Airbus A380.