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Emirates reveals plans to operate full capacity flights to Australia

Emirates has announced that it is increasing its capacity on flights from Dubai to Australia, with the easing of local government restrictions on international travel.

As of 16th December 2021, Emirates is running flights to Brisbane at full capacity, in line with the easing of local government restrictions on international travel after the state achieved its target to reach a double-dose vaccination rate of 80%. From 5th February 2022, Emirates flights to Perth in Western Australia will also operate at full capacity for eligible vaccinated travellers.

With the return to full capacity on inbound international flights into Queensland, flight EK430 from Dubai to Brisbane can carry more than 350 passengers per flight, and will be operated with a Boeing B777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration. The Dubai-based airline is also increasing its weekly capacity on the route by boosting the frequency of flights EK430/431 between Dubai and Brisbane to 5-times weekly, effective 1st January 2022, with the potential to increase in line with demand.

Meanwhile, frequency on flights EK420/421 on the Dubai-Perth route will also increase to 5-times-a-week weekly to accommodate more Australian citizens and residents returning home as well as international travellers planning to visit the city.

Barry Brown, Divisional Vice President, Australasia, Emirates, said:

Emirates is excited to increase our inbound capacity to Brisbane and Perth as part of the continued return of international travel across the country. As the demand for international travel grows by the day, we’re offering greater connectivity for eligible Australians looking to return home and be reunited with their loved ones. This comes as we’re celebrating 25 years of flying to Australia and have already increased our services to Sydney and Melbourne and brought back our flagship A380 to serve our customers travelling into and out of New South Wales.

In order to enter Brisbane, travellers must be Australian citizens, permanent residents, or an immediate family member and must also provide proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a TGA-approved vaccine. Passengers are also required to present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result within 3 days of the scheduled date of departure from their international destination. To fulfil home quarantine requirements mandated by authorities in Queensland, passengers must also undergo additional RT-PCR tests on day 1 and 12 of their quarantine period, and any other time during quarantine when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

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The easing of Western Australia’s border restrictions will allow vaccinated international travellers to enter Perth with no quarantine required on arrival. Passengers must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result with 72 hours validity before departure to Perth. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with a TGA-approved vaccine is also required in order to obtain a permit to enter. Passengers must apply for a G2G Pass prior to travel. Western Australia regulations require arriving international passengers to undergo COVID‑19 tests within 48 hours of arrival and at 6 days after arrival in Perth.

For more information of entry requirements of Brisbane and Perth, click here (Travel Requirements page on Emirates’ website).

Since 1st December 2021, Emirates’ A380 services have returned to Australian skies, with the iconic aircraft operating the daily service between its Dubai hub and Sydney. The airline has also introduced a daily Dubai to Melbourne service earlier this month which has provided more than 1,000 additional seats weekly between the two cities.

Passengers of Emirates and Qantas have access to an expansive network of destinations thanks to the codeshare partnership between the two airlines. In addition to over 120 destinations that Emirates flies to, its passengers presently have access to nearly 30 Australian destinations though the partnership, while Qantas customers are able to fly on Emirates to Dubai and access over 50 cities in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Emirates presently operates flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Meanwhile, Emirates recently announced that it will reopen nearly 20 dedicated airport lounges across its network.

Featured image by Emirates

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