Emirates Celebrates 20 Years at Glasgow

An Emirates A380 on the runway.
Photo Credit: Emirates

This past week, United Arab Emirates carrier, Emirates, has celebrated flying for 20 years to Glasgow in Scotland.

This article will cover the details surrounding Emirates celebrating 20 years of flying between Dubai and Glasgow, Scotland.

Emirates 20 Years at Glasgow

Photo Credit: Julian Herzog, CC BY 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Since its inaugural flight back on April 10, 2004, Emirates has certainly made the most out of flying to Glasgow.

Currently the U.A.E carrier flies daily to the Scottish city using its Airbus A380. The following are the current flight times –

  • Flight EK27 departs Dubai International Airport (DXB) at 07:20 a.m. and arrives into Glasgow International Airport (GLA) at 11:30 a.m.
  • Flight EK28 departs Glasgow International Airport (GLA) at 14:35 p.m. and arrives back into Dubai International Airport (DXB) at 01:05 a.m.

The flight is served by Emirates’ Airbus A380 with a three-class configuration. This consists of 14 First Class, 76 Business Class and 429 Economy Class, for a total of 519 passengers.

Emirates operates the largest fleet of Airbus A380s, having a current total of 116 of the type. Which according to Planespotters, 89 are in active service, with 27 parked.

Over the past 20 years, the carrier has handled over 5.62 million passengers between the two cities, on 18,990 total flights.

Not only does the route hold well for passenger statistics, but also freight is quite a big factor. In 2023, over four million kilograms of cargo was handled by Emirates.

The cargo consisted of a good chunk of Whisky and Scottish Salmon, but also on the rare occasion, Aston Martin supercars too.

Senior Comments

Commenting on this major milestone, Emirates’ Divisional Vice President for the UK, Richard Jewsbury, says, ““We’re proud to have served Scotland via Glasgow for more than 20 years, connecting millions of passengers and facilitating valuable trade across our global network.”

“We have seen significant growth over the last two decades and forward bookings for this route were up 51% year-on-year in 2024.”

“We’d like to sincerely thank all our stakeholders including the local community, customers, businesses, suppliers, ground handlers, the Scottish Government, local authorities, Glasgow Airport, and travel agents for their unwavering support over the past two decades as we reach this milestone.”

“Glasgow remains a key market from both passenger and cargo perspectives and is a hugely popular destination for our passengers around the world. We look forward to continuing to provide our best-in-class services and greater connectivity to Scotland.”

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