The world’s fourth largest airline has announced that it will start a daily service between Scotland’s capital and Dubai, opening up potential new business links.
Edinburgh will become Emirates’ second destination in Scotland after Glasgow and its 8th in the United Kingdom after the airline starts its daily service to London Stansted in June.
The new service will be operated by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three class cabin configuration, with 8 private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 304 spacious seats in Economy Class.
Hubert Frach, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president, commercial operations, said: “We’re increasing our capacity to Scotland to meet growing demand, and by introducing a daily flight to Edinburgh, it will complement our current double daily flights between Dubai and Glasgow.
“Edinburgh is a very popular leisure and business destination, and the new service will offer our customers from across our global network, particularly from key inbound markets such as Asia and Australia, a direct option to the city via our Dubai hub.”
“It will also be a more convenient point for travellers from the greater Edinburgh area, and beyond, such as Aberdeen and Dundee, to travel with Emirates to Dubai and onward to destinations across our network.”
Flight EK023 will depart Dubai daily at 0955hrs and arrive in Edinburgh at 1450hrs, while the return flight, EK024 will depart Edinburgh at 2015hrs and arrive in Dubai at 0640hrs the next morning.
The arrival of the flight is conveniently timed for connecting to Emirates’ services to popular outbound destinations for Scottish travellers, such as Bangkok, Lahore, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australian cities, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.
Customers travelling from Edinburgh, as well as Glasgow, can also access over 90 destinations under the Emirates and flydubai network partnership, connecting through Dubai to and from destinations such as Kathmandu, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro.
Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, added: “This is a fantastic announcement for Edinburgh Airport as we welcome another world-renowned airline to Scotland's busiest airport, which will enhance our connectivity with the Middle East and further afield.
“We're delighted to welcome Emirates on board and further expand our international choice for the 13.4 million passengers who use Edinburgh Airport every year.
“This service will cater for leisure and business passengers, providing daily links for international tourism and trade opportunities both inbound and outbound.
“We look forward to working with Emirates to provide a top class service for passengers and ensure the success of this Edinburgh to Dubai route. "
Emirates airline operates 133 non-stop flights per week from the UK to Dubai – six services a day from Heathrow, three daily from London Gatwick and Manchester, two daily from Birmingham and Glasgow, and a daily service from Newcastle.
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