Emirates scales up UK operations

Emirates will restart flights to Newcastle Airport (NCL) from 15 October, responding to the easing of international entry protocols and an upsurge in passenger demand.

The airline will resume services to its Northeastern hub with four weekly flights, all operated by B777 aircraft, across two classes. The first flight, EK033, will depart Dubai International (DXB) at 1430 and arrive in Newcastle (NCL) at 1910, while flight EK034 will depart Newcastle at 2110 and arrive in Dubai the following day at 0725. Flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Emirates has also announced plans scale up its operations to and from London Heathrow (LHR) in a phased manner that will see it offering a six-times-daily operation – with five A380 services – from the airport by 31 October. Emirates’ EK005/006 service to Heathrow will be upgraded from a B777 to the A380 from 15 October and an additional B777 service to Heathrow (EK031/EK032) will be added from the same date. Flight EK031/EK032 will then be upgraded to the A380 from 31 October.

Emirates’ commitment to Europe

By the end of October, the airline will offer 77 weekly flights to the UK, including the six- times-daily London Heathrow operation, double daily A380 flights to Manchester, a ten-times-weekly service to Birmingham, a daily service to Glasgow, and a four-times-weekly service to Newcastle. The increase in operations will make it easier for UK customers to access Emirates’ growing global network of 120 destinations, a figure said to be close to 90 per cent of Emirates’ pre-pandemic network.

Responding to increasing customer demand across Europe, Emirates has also brought forward its plans to introduce extra flights and capacity to other key cities, including Barcelona, Brussels, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Lisbon, Madrid, Munich, Rome and Zurich.

Interline agreement with Cemair

In other news from Emirates, the Dubai-based carrier recently signed an interline agreement with Cemair that opens up connections to six more destinations in South Africa through the airline’s gateways of Johannesburg and Cape Town. The partnership also includes a couple of leisure points exclusively served by Cemair.

This marks the first partnership between both airlines, as well as Emirates’ fourth airline partnership in South Africa. The arrangement between Emirates and Cemair includes the convenience of single ticket itineraries with onwards booking and baggage transfers from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Margate, Durban, Hoedspruit, Plettenberg Bay, George and Sishen.

In May, Emirates was voted Best Airline Worldwide for the eighth consecutive time at the Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2021. The carrier also took home accolades for Airline with the Best First Class and Airline with Best Economy Class.

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