LONDON – The UAE flag carrier Emirates has recently announced an increase in its services to the Australian city of Brisbane.
The additional service comes as Emirates celebrate 20 years of service to the city, and the addition of a Boeing 777-300ER will make Emirates offer almost 12,000 seats weekly in combination with the Airbus A380.
A major increase
Continuing to restore its operations in Australia, Dubai based airline Emirates has introduced an additional service to the city of Brisbane following their celebration of 20 years of service to the city.
With the service due to start on June 1 this coming summer, Emirates will offer almost 12,000 seats per week on its services to Brisbane, as a Boeing 777-300ER will now operate alongside the superjumbo Airbus A380 service.
Being one of the four Australian gateways Emirates operate to, Brisbane will now see flight EK430 depart Dubai at 02:30 a.m. and arrive in Brisbane at 22:20 p.m., before its return flight EK431 departs back for Dubai at 02:50 a.m. with an arrival in Dubai at 11:00 a.m.
Emirates currently only operate their Airbus A380 aircraft to Brisbane once per day, making this increase a mark in Emirates’ books as they will then have returned to pre-pandemic operating levels to the city.
On the announcement, Barry Brown, Divisional Vice President Australasia at Emirates, commented: “Our second daily service to Brisbane begins as we proudly celebrate 20 years of flying to the sunshine state.”
“Not only will this service cater to the demand of Australians looking to travel overseas, but also welcome more travellers and tourists from Dubai and across our global network to enjoy Queensland, Australia’s tourism mecca.”
“The additional service combined with our daily A380 to Brisbane means Emirates will offer almost 12,000 seats to and from Brisbane every week.”
“This is another important milestone in the resumption of our Australian capacity and reaffirms our longstanding commitment to flying down under. We look forward to welcoming more Australians on board to enjoy the Emirates experience,” he concluded.
Brisbane Airport official Gert-Jan de Graaf, CEO of Brisbane Airport Corporation, also commented, saying: “This is a huge vote of confidence in the Brisbane and Queensland market.”
“It effectively doubles overnight the Emirates capacity between the two cities, delivering more seats for major Middle East and European markets. In terms of rebuilding what was lost by Covid, this is a significant brick in the wall,”
He adds: “In October we will celebrate 20 years since Emirates began flying into Brisbane. Through the depths of the pandemic, the airline continued to provide a lifeline to repatriate Australians and enable crucial Queensland exports to continue.”
Also adding state government comment was Steven Mills, Acting Premier of Queensland, who said: “The extra service is estimated to provide an additional 730 direct and indirect jobs for the state.”
“Emirates’ extensive worldwide network to over 130 destinations will ensure a high level of connectivity with the United Kingdom, Europe, Scandinavia, Africa and North America.”
With Emirates being a long time server to the Australian aviation market, and having been so for more than 25 years, their destinations of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane have served more than 40 million passengers and will continue to do so in the time ahead.
With Emirates now back at pre-pandemic operating levels for Brisbane at June 1, Emirates are one step further into pre-pandemic operating levels in general, something which is likely to have a greatly positive impact on the international travel market to and from Dubai and especially for Emirates themselves.