Emirates To Double Capacity To The Gulf
Emirates airlines will be ramping up its Dublin-Dubai service later this year with the introduction of a second daily non-stop flight to the UAE city from September 1. The new daily service will complement Emirates' Boeing 777 operation that commenced in January 2012, adding capacity of more than 5,000 seats a week in both directions.
Timings have been scheduled to facilitate more effective onward connections from Dubai to major destinations in Australia and New Zealand, with shorter journey times into Auckland, Melbourne and Brisbane. Following the partnership agreement with Qantas, Emirates will continue to offer connections to almost 60 cities across Australia and New Zealand.
The new flight will also introduces new connections to the Far East, India, East and Southern Africa. Passengers travelling on business trips will be offered an overnight flight option, with an early morning arrival into Dubai.
Flight EK164 will depart Dublin at 10.20pm, arriving in Dubai at 8.55am the next day. The return flight will leave Dubai at 4pm to reach Dublin at 8.50pm. According to Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline: “There is a clear traffic flow taking place from Dublin to a number of destinations in our network, therefore boosting connections makes business sense.”
Welcoming the announcement, Taoiseach Enda Kenny opined that the doubling of Emirates' Dublin services “will be extremely valuable in helping us to build upon the connections made during the government's recent trade mission to the Gulf region”.
Over 440,000 passengers have travelled on the Dubai Dublin service since it commenced, while Tourism Ireland estimates that average growth rates from Asia and Middle East passenger traffic to Ireland by 2020 will be over 6%. Middle East traffic grew by 3% just after the launch of the first Dublin service in 2012, according to the tourism body. (15/01/14)