Emirates Cruises Ahead With Post-Pandemic Growth

Emirates Cruises Ahead With Post-Pandemic Growth
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Emirates is comfortably exceeding 2019 numbers when it comes to average weekly movements, according to data from RadarBox.com.

We will take a look at how the airline has been performing in the first few weeks of the Summer season and what the peaks and troughs could look like.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Movement Statistics for Emirates…


Emirates Cruises Ahead With Post-Pandemic Growth
Data provided by RadarBox.com.

For April 18-25, Emirates handled 487 movements, which is an increase of 21.14% compared to the same period last year.

This figure is also 55 movements higher than the same period in 2019, which shows the level of growth adopted by the carrier.

Below is the last four weeks’ worth of data for the carrier:

Date2019 Numbers2022 Numbers2023 NumbersPercentage Difference (2023 vs. 2022)
March 21-27558 movements407 movements475 movements+16.71%
March 28-April 4554 movements413 movements483 movements+16.95%
April 4-11555 movements420 movements481 movements+14.52%
April 11-18447 movements405 movements482 movements+19.01%

What we can see from the data is that Emirates fell short of achieving pre-pandemic levels through the latter stages of the Winter 2022/23 season, but going into the Summer season, they are performing better than expected thus far.

Extra Flights On The Way Throughout April…


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We can expect the movement statistics to increase going into the latter stages of April as Emirates adds more capacity for the Eid al-Fitr season.

Emirates will be expanding its schedule this week to offer 38 additional flights across six cities in the GCC and Middle East to meet the significant demand for the Eid Al Fitr holiday travel period.

This year, more than 110,000 travelers are expected to board Emirates flights during Eid Al Fitr across the region, with additional flights planned for Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah, Medina, Kuwait, and Beirut. 

In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Emirates will be adding four extra flights between 19-29 April to and from Riyadh to cater to Saudi travelers looking to venture to Dubai and beyond. 

In Jeddah, the airline will be operating three daily A380s and will additionally layer on six flights operated by its Boeing 777 to serve the peak travel holiday period from the city between 20-25 April.

Emirates will boost its flights to Dammam from 18 to 21 weekly, starting from 20 April until 31 May, with additional flights scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays to connect travelers to their favorite holiday getaways. 

Travelers from Medina will have the choice of an additional 16 flights in the month of April to accommodate those traveling inbound for Umrah, as well as travelers looking to start their holidays earlier.

This year, Emirates customers in KSA will be venturing to Dubai for their Eid Al Fitr celebrations, in addition to the Maldives, London, Phuket, Mauritius, Manila, and Paris.

In Kuwait, Emirates will operate an additional eight flights for Eid with its Boeing 777 from 20-27 April. 

Popular destinations for Kuwaiti travelers this year include Dubai, Maldives, Phuket, Bangkok, London, Mauritius, and Milan.

Emirates will offer an additional flight on 23 April on the airline’s existing Beirut schedule to accommodate more travelers as they head home to visit friends and relatives.

It remains clear that it is full steam ahead for the airline and will incorporate as much capacity offering as possible.

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