LONDON – Emirates Airlines has announced that its flagship A380 aircraft is due to return to Perth from December 1 as the airline continues to ramp back up its Australian services following years of cancelled flights from COVID-19.
With the return of the A380 onto the service, it will now allow emirates to offer over 500 available seats on each flight to and from Perth, with the announcement today also tieing in with the airline operating to Perth now for 20 years.
EK420 from Dubai will depart at 02:45, arriving in Perth at 17:20 the same day while EK421 will depart from Perth at 22:20, arriving in Dubai at 05:25 the following day. The daily A380 service will replace the existing daily Boeing 777- 300ER operation between Dubai and Perth.
Rising Travel Demmand Continues Emirates Regrowth
The introduction of the A380 back to Perth is a strong sign for the continuation of the regrowth of Emirates airlines, which has seen massive demand across all its cabins for flights to and From Australia, particularly in its newly launched Premium economy seating, which has been added on one of the carriers daily service to Sydney on August 1.
Emirates has said that Europe has been the biggest driver of demand for them this summer, with 8 of its top 10 destinations for Australian passengers being situated across the continent. with the UK topping the list.
since the removal of global travel restrictions, Emirates has been one of the fastest growing airlines to reopen services and routes around the globe despite the global shortages of Airport staff and Aircrews, that has left some countries and airlines crippled in their attempts to reopen large parts of their pre-covid route networks.
Storms Continue to cause Havoc
While this announcement today is good news for Australian travellers, Emirates is currently struggling to operate all of its daily services as major and severe dust storms continue to cause havoc across the UAE. It is estimated that around 27 services were cancelled from Dubai International, with additional flights diverting to Dubai World Central due to the weather.
A Spokesperson for Emirates has commented: “Sandstorms and heavy dust in Dubai may cause disruption to some Emirates flights arriving and departing at Dubai International on 15 August. Emirates urges customers to check their flight status for the latest information regarding their flights and to ensure their contact details are updated on emirates.com via the “manage my booking” tab to receive notifications.
“Emirates apologises for any inconvenience caused. The safety of our passengers and crew is of utmost importance and will not be compromised.”
Heavy Rain hit parts of the UAE on Sunday evening which mixed with strong winds has caused dusty weather to affect the horizontal bistability in many parts of the country, forcing the airports to reduce the number of aircraft movements in order to ensure each plane can manoeuvre safely.