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Emirates eyes London Gatwick resumption in December 2021

Emirates has announced that it will restart flights to London Gatwick Airport in December 2021, “responding to the easing of international travel restrictions and an upsurge in passenger demand for winter sun”.

Gatwick resumption

Starting 10th December 2021, Emirates will once again fly between Dubai International Airport and London Gatwick Airport. The flights will run with the following schedule:

  • Dubai-London Gatwick
  • Departure time: 07:40
  • Arrival time: 11:40
  • Flight time: 8 hours
  • Flight number: EK15
  • Frequency: Daily
  • London Gatwick-Dubai
  • Departure time: 13:35
  • Arrival time: 00:40 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 7 hours and 05 minutes
  • Flight number: EK16
  • Frequency: Daily

Emirates’ Boeing B777-300ER featuring First Class, Business Class and Economy Class cabins will be used for London Gatwick flights.

Stephen King, Head of Airline Relations, Gatwick Airport, said:

We are delighted to welcome Emirates back to Gatwick in December. Emirates has been a hugely popular airline for Gatwick passengers and it’s fantastic that we are once again able to offer passengers across London and the South East the opportunity to connect with Dubai and beyond.

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Emirates’ United Kingdom operations

The resumption of London Gatwick flights will restore Emirates’ UK network to 6 gateways. This includes 6 times daily A380 service to London Heathrow, twice daily A380 flights to Manchester, 10-weekly service to Birmingham, daily flights to Glasgow and 4-weekly service to Newcastle. By the end of December, the Dubai-based carrier will offer 84 weekly flights to the UK.

Adnan Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates, said:

We’re very pleased to resume Emirates flights to and from London Gatwick, offering more ways for people and businesses to connect with our ever growing global network. With the UK simplifying travel and accepting international vaccination certificates, we’ve seen a big surge in demand as people have been a lot more confident in booking trips for the coming months and further ahead, be it for business, a winter sun escape or to visit family and friends. Gatwick has long been a valued partner for Emirates and we look forward to welcoming passengers back onboard an Emirates flight soon.

The United Kingdom government recently announced that it will accept vaccination certificates from 55 countries including the UAE from 4th October 2021, meaning that vaccinated travellers arriving in the UK will no longer need to self-isolate.

Meanwhile, Emirates recently launched a new account-based payment system called ‘Emirates Pay’. The airline has also reopened on its dedicated First Class lounge at Dubai International Airport and has launched an all-new airport service at Dubai International Airport to assist passengers more better. The carrier has launched flights to Miami, Florida making it the airline’s 12th destination in the United States. The airline has ramped up its operations across its network in response to pent-up demand. Emirates has resumed flights to Glasgow and has added a second Airbus A380 service to New York. Emirates Skywards has announced the launch of Skywards+ to offer its members access to exclusive rewards. Emirates, in the past month, has signed codeshare and interline agreements with two airlines. The airline has expanded partnership with South Africa’s Airlink, has announced an interline partnership with Mexico’s Aeromar, has signed a interline agreement with Cemair and has announced codeshare with Brazil’s Azul. Emirates will increase flights to Dublin to Daily in October 2021 and has revealed special A380 and B777 liveries to mark the UAE’s 50th anniversary. The carrier will resume flying to Newcastle in October. Emirates will take delivery of its final 3 Airbus A380s in November 2021 and will deploy Airbus A380 on flights to Johannesburg from October 2021. The airline will also resume flights to Saudi Arabia and St. Petersburg and operate A380 on flights to Istanbul for the first time. Emirates has announced that it will ramp up flights to the United States in October in response to strong travel demand. Emirates has become the first airline in the world to implement IATA Travel Pass across 6 continents and has expanded its A380 network as travel demand continues to rise.

Featured image by Emirates

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