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Emirates to ramp up operations in Europe, Africa and Australasia

Emirates has announced that it will be ramping up operations in all parts of the world in the upcoming summer schedule which starts from 26th March 2023.

As part of its “planned growth”, the airline has enhanced operations in the recent past. This includes the re-introduction of services to five destinations, launching flights to Tel Aviv, adding 251-weekly flights onto existing routes; and continuing the roll-out of service enhancements in the air and on the ground.

A380s get more attention

Emirates is continuing to ramp up Airbus A380 operations across its network. The Dubai-based carrier will once again deploy the superjumbo on flights to the following cities:

  • Glasgow: from 26th March 2023
  • Casablanca: from 15th April 2023
  • Beijing: from 1st May 2023
  • Nice: from 1st June 2023
  • Shanghai: from 4th June 2023
  • Birmingham: from 1st July 2023
  • Kuala Lumpur: from 1st August 2023
  • Taipei: from 1st August 2023

Emirates continues to expand its global network and deploy its capacity to meet travel demand across the world. Our financial year started relatively quietly as we held back our ramp up until the planned northern runway rehabilitation program at Dubai International airport was completed in June. From July 2022 onwards, it’s been non-stop expansion.

said Adnan Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates.

Customer demand has been very strong, and our forward bookings are also robust. Emirates is working hard on several fronts – to bring back operating capacity as quickly as the ecosystem can manage, while also upgrading our fleet and product to ensure our customers always enjoy the best possible Emirates experience. So far, 4 of our A380 aircraft have been completely refurbished with our new cabin interiors and Premium Economy seats, and more will enter service as our US$2 billion cabin and service enhancement program picks up pace.

he added.

Upcoming route enhancements

Emirates’ upcoming route enhancements by region are:


  • Amsterdam: from 14 to 19-weekly flights starting 2nd April 2023
  • Athens: introduction of a summer seasonal service between 1st June and 30th September 2023 (responding to strong demand)
  • Bologna: from 5-weekly flights to a daily flight starting 1st May 2023
  • Budapest: from 5-weekly flights to a daily service by 1st June 2023
  • London: start of 2nd daily service to London Stansted on 1st May 2023. This will take Emirates’ London operations to 11 daily flights – including 6 times daily to London Heathrow and 3 times daily to Gatwick.
  • Venice: from 5 to 6-flights-a/week from 26th March 202:, increasing to a daily service from 1st June 2023


  • Cairo: from 25 to 28-weekly flights by 29th October 2023
  • Dar es Salaam: from 5-flights-a-week to a daily flight starting 1st May 2023
  • Entebbe: from 6-flights-a-week to a daily flight starting 1st July 2023

Australia and New Zealand:

  • Brisbane: an additional daily service starting 1st June 2023 will take Emirates’ service to 14-flights-per-week to Brisbane
  • Christchurch: restart of daily service from Dubai via Sydney from 26th March 2023
  • Melbourne: addition of 3rd daily service to Melbourne from 26th March via Singapore. This adds capacity to Melbourne and re-establishes Emirates’ connectivity between Singapore and Melbourne. The other 2 daily flights from Melbourne fly non-stop to Dubai
  • Sydney: addition of 3rd daily nonstop service from 1st May 2023

Emirates will reach pre-pandemic levels in the Australian market. I have already covered Emirates’ Australia plans in detail here.

East Asia:

  • Bangkok: addition of 5th daily service from 1st August 2023
  • Beijing: resuming a daily Boeing B777-300ER service today (15th March 2023), upgrading to a Airbus A380 as of 1st May 2023. A second daily A380 service will commence on 1st September 2023
  • Hong Kong: addition of a daily non-stop flight from 29th March 2023. This increases Emirates’ operations to 14 weekly flights including its existing daily Dubai-Bangkok-Hong Kong service
  • Kuala Lumpur: addition of a 3rd daily service from 1st June 2023
  • Tokyo: Resumption of services to Tokyo Haneda with a daily flight as of 2nd April 2023. This takes Emirates’ Japan operations to 21-weekly flights including a daily A380 service to Tokyo-Narita and a daily Boeing B777 service to Osaka

Meanwhile, Emirates recently revealed that it wants to fly to more destinations in India but exhausted bilateral rights between India and UAE are stopping it from doing so.

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