LONDON – Earlier this week saw Emirates added a third Airbus A380 to its daily link between London Gatwick and Dubai.
The EK11/12 flights are the ones being serviced by the A380, with EK11 departing Dubai at 0301 local time on December 1 and arriving at Gatwick at 0633 local time, according to RadarBox.com.
EK12 then departed Gatwick at 0951 local before arriving back in Dubai at 2049 local.
This now means that the airline will be offering more than 1,000 seats every day from Gatwick to Dubai as its London strategy intensifies.
Richard Jewsbury, the Divisional VP of Emirates UK, said the following to Key.Aero:
“As we gear up for the busy festive period, we are delighted to offer our customers better connectivity with the additional third daily flight to and from London/Gatwick.”
“[The West Sussex site] is a vital hub for us in London and the UK, and our operations from the airport connect both passengers and businesses with our ever-growing global network.”
Also speaking to the news site was Stephanie Wear, the VP of Aviation Development at London Gatwick Airport:
“We are delighted to welcome Emirates’ third daily flight to London/Gatwick.”
“Dubai is consistently among the most popular destinations for our passengers, so to have three options each day to fly to the UAE and beyond is fantastic news, particularly ahead of the busy holiday period.”
Substantial Market for Emirates…
This new addition shows that the UK is quite a substantial market for success for Emirates.
Around 119 weekly flights go in and out of the UK across the seven destinations that the airline serves, being:
- London Gatwick
- London Heathrow
- London Stansted
With the A380 accounting for quite a few of these flights as well, it shows also that the demand is there for Emirates to work with.
Continuing on Strong Financial Growth…
Emirates will no doubt be using its strong financial growth to its advantage by introducing or reinstating new routes and frequencies.
Airline-wise, operating revenues came in at $13.7 billion (50.1 billion AED), which boils down to a $1.1 billion profit (4 billion AED).
When compared to the same period last year, when the world was embroiled in pre-flight covid testing and border closures around the world, it amounts to a +$2.7 billion change in fortunes.
Emirates carried 20 million passengers between 1 April and 30 September, a 228% rise in the figure from the same time in 2021.
They continued to expand their codeshare arrangements with the world’s airlines, striking up 12 new agreements that will broaden connectivity options for travelers around the world significantly.
His Highness (HH) Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, “The Group’s record performance for the first six months of 2022-23 is the result of forward planning, agile business response, and the efforts of our talented and committed workforce.”
“Across the Group, the recovery of our operations accelerated as more countries eased and removed travel restrictions.”
“We were ready and amongst the first movers to serve the strong customer demand thanks to our robust business plans, the support of our industry partners, and our ongoing investments in people, technology, and products and services.”
It remains clear that Emirates continues to lead the charge out of the UK and will continue to do so as more of their Airbus A380s become utilized.
On a different note, it is downplaying a lot of criticism from those that the A380 wouldn’t last longer than it has currently.
All eyes will now be on Emirates to see what other new routes or frequency additions they will add moving forward.