Emirates ramps up operations over strong demand

Published June 21, 2021, 3:42 PM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

Emirates is ramping up its operations and expanding services across its network to meet strong leisure travel demand as entry restrictions ease for travelers.

Todate, the airline has a total of 14 weekly flights to the Philippines – 7 weekly flights to and from Manila, 5 weekly flights to and from Clark and 2 weekly circular service to Cebu and Clark.

Last year, the global airline industry incurred record losses of over P6.1 Trillion amid a 65.9% decline in airline passenger traffic, the sharpest drop in history. Emirates lost around P290 Billion.

Emirates serves 99 cities across the world, offering travellers access to Dubai and onwards to popular destinations in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Emirates’ cargo service, Manila SkyCargo can carry a maximum of 17 tons of dense cargo on a full passenger load.

Most exports are bound for Europe, which are mostly electronics.

With the immediate connections to Europe, approximately 3 hours in transit, Emirates is able to cater to sensitive shipments such as fresh tuna to Italy (Rome/ Venice / Milan) and France.

In addition, there are also garments bound for Europe specifically to Milan. Emirates SkyCargo also carries watches from Cebu to different destinations particularly Amsterdam and London.

Todate, the airline has been gradually and safely rebuilding its route network and advancing its strategy to optimize its presence in key markets to serve leisure and growing business travel demand, as well as segments of travelers visiting friends and relatives.

Today, Emirates serves 115 global passenger destinations, and by the end of July, it will have recovered close to 90% of its pre-pandemic network, operating 880 weekly services across 124 cities.

The airline will resume services to seven cities in July including: Venice on July 1; Phuket, Nice, Orlando and Mexico City on July 2; Lyon on July 9 and Malta on July 14.

Emirates will also launch flights to Florida’s second largest city and one of the world’s most popular holiday spots, Miami, starting July 22.

“Emirates is committed to keeping Dubai, businesses and communities around the world connected,” says His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive.

‘We are working hard to rebuild our network and secure access to more destinations in partnership with various authorities and stakeholders,” he explained.

“We are encouraged by the latest developments as many countries have begun to turn the page and reopen for international visitors, and we are seeing strong signs of pent-up demand wherever restrictions have eased.”

Across its network, the airline will boost capacity and expand its schedules by layering on frequencies, connecting more customers with popular destinations and adding more choice and convenience as they plan their long-awaited holidays.

Emirates will be adding frequencies to 12 cities across Europe, Africa, and North America as more destinations re-open for international visitors and offer quarantine-free travel.

Emirates destinations with enhanced schedules for July and August include: German cities Munich, Dusseldorf, and Hamburg; Zurich; Vienna; Prague; Madrid; Stockholm; Brussels; Lisbon; Chicago and Tunis.

In Europe, the airline currently flies to more than 30 cities in 20 countries including popular holiday destinations Greece, Spain, Italy, France, and Malta, which offer quarantine-free arrivals.

In the United States, with rapid vaccine rollouts and the reopening of air travel at a rate outpacing the world, Emirates will continue to build its presence.

With the addition of Miami to its network in July, Emirates will operate over 70 weekly flights to the US, offering over 26,000 seats across 12 gateways including Boston, Chicago, New York (JFK and Newark), Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, and Orlando.

The airline is also ramping up its trans-Atlantic operations Milan-New York and Athens-Newark to meet large passenger volumes and high demand across its premium cabins.

Emirates will also boost its A380 network this summer, bringing its flagship experience to 15 cities on 129 weekly services.