RadarBox: Emirates Achieves 35% Growth in Flight Movements

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LONDON – According to data from RadarBox.com, Emirates has achieved a 35% increase in its flight movements compared to the same period last year.

With things slowly opening up for the Emirati carrier, it has been able to restore certain services that will no doubt see its movement figures rise over time.

Without further ado, let’s get into the numbers…

The Numbers…

Data provided by RadarBox.com

For October 1-8, the carrier recorded 440 movements, which is an increase of 34.97% compared to the same period in 2021.

However, this figure is still around 103 flights short of achieving pre-pandemic fandom, with the airline still having a lot to do to get back to that number.

Below is a list of the last four weeks’ worth of movement data from the carrier:

Date2021 Numbers2022 NumbersPercentage Change
September 3-10321 movements440 movements+37.07%
September 10-17324 movements435 movements+34.26%
September 17-24323 movements434 movements+34.37%
September 24-October 1325 movements437 movements+34.46%

From what you can see in the last three weeks’ worth of data is that the increases are consistently 34% higher than in the same period last year.

Is Upgrading Destinations to the A380 Counter-Productive?

Earlier this week, Emirates announced that it will upgrade its capacity on the Dubai-Narita route using its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft.

The upgrade will take place on November 15, which comes in line with Japan scrapping the daily arrival cap due that was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

EK318 will depart Dubai at 0255 local time, and arrive in Narita at 1720 local time. The return, EK319, will depart Narita at 2230 local time, before arriving in Dubai at 0530 local the next day.

But with this in mind, would using larger equipment be counter-productive to their seven-day rolling average?

The answer here is no! Let’s take Manchester, for example. The carrier currently serves the route three times per day, using all A380s. This is due to the high demand that comes from the route.

Such demand is so high that the airline is looking at bringing in a fourth daily flight out of the Northern English city using a Boeing 777, to begin with before making a decision on whether to use the A380 for it.

So, if anything, Emirates would be increasing flight movements whilst handling more passengers and therefore taking on more revenue into its bank.


It remains clear that Emirates is working hard to get up to pre-pandemic levels. As other countries begin to open up, then they can add more frequencies.

From there, it can add to the seven-day rolling average, as well as carry more passengers and make more money. It’s also clear that the Airbus A380 will be paramount to this success.

What will be interesting to look at is how the carrier will perform over the course of the Winter, especially if Dubai becomes more of a popular hotspot in more bearable weather conditions, that is.

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