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Wow: Emirates is now operating close to 90% of pre-pandemic network

Emirates has announced that it is now operating close to 90% of pre-pandemic network serving 115 destinations across the globe, and by the end of July, it will have recovered close to 90% of its pre-pandemic network, operating 880 weekly services across 124 cities.

Emirates is back in the game

Middle eastern giant Emirates is ramping up its operations and expanding services across its network to meet strong leisure travel demand over the summer, as entry restrictions ease for travellers. The airline says that it is gradually rebuilding its route network ‘and advancing its strategy to optimise its presence in key markets to serve leisure and growing business travel demand, as well as segments of travellers visiting friends and relatives’.

The Dubai-based carrier will resume services to 7 destinations in July including:

The airline will also launch flights to Florida’s second largest city and one of the world’s most popular holiday spots, Miami, on 22nd July 2021.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates, said:

Emirates is committed to keeping Dubai, businesses and communities around the world connected and we are working hard to rebuild our network and secure access to more destinations in partnership with various authorities and stakeholders. We are encouraged by the latest developments as many countries have begun to turn the page and reopen for international visitors, and we are seeing strong signs of pent-up demand wherever restrictions have eased. Emirates is nimbly matching up flight services and identifying opportunities to grow our footprint, and provide customers more opportunities to safely get where they want to go this summer, offering best-in-class service, greater convenience and more choice.

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Increase in frequencies

Across its network, the airline will boost capacity and expand its schedules by layering on frequencies for the summer. The carrier will add frequencies to 12 cities across Europe, Africa and North America as more destinations re-open for international visitors, and offer quarantine free travel. The destinations with enhanced schedules for July and August include:

  • Munich, Germany
  • Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Chicago, United States
  • Tunis, Tunisia

In Europe, the airline currently flies to more than 30 cities in 20 countries including popular holiday destinations Greece, Spain, Italy, France and Malta, which offer quarantine free arrivals.

Emirates notes that it will continue to build its presence in the United States. With the addition of Miami to its network in July, Emirates will operate over 70 weekly flights to the US, offering over 26,000 seats across 12 gateways including Boston, Chicago, New York (JFK and Newark), Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC and Orlando. The airline says that it is ramping up its trans-Atlantic services – Milan-New York and Athens-Newark – to meet large passenger volumes and high demand across its premium cabins.

More A380 services

Emirates is also expanding its Airbus A380 network this summer, bringing its flagship experience to 15 cities on 129 weekly services. Over the course of summer, the airline plans to activate over 30 of its A380s to complement its Boeing B777 fleet of 151 aircrafts. Emirates will be deploying the A380 to the following cities during the summer period:

Featured image by Emirates

It is great to see Emirates return to almost 90% of pre-pandemic network. This clearly means that international travel is slowly picking up again and it is nice to see Emirates ramping up services to key leisure destinations, providing more options for travellers. What do you think of Emirates summer schedule? Do you think international travel is picking pace? Let me know in the comments section below.

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