UAE carrier Emirates has announced its plans to boost its presence at the UK’s busiest airport.
Emirates is ramping up its presence at the UK’s busiest airport. From October 31, it will operate an additional five-times weekly service linking its Dubai base with Heathrow.
The airline currently serves the London hub with six daily Airbus A380 flights, but it won’t be using the super jumbo for this extra rotation. Instead, a Boeing 777-300ER is being rostered, joining the existing services on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The twin-engine airliner is configured in a three-class set-up, with first, business and economy cabins.
It is understood that the temporary arrangement is due to run until March 30, 2024, and has been made possible by Cathay Pacific leasing a set of slots to the UAE carrier. Both airlines operate from Terminal 3.
The Heathrow boost means Emirates will serve the UK with more than 125 flights per week this winter. In the London area, it also flies a thrice-daily all-A380 service to Gatwick and operates 777s twice-daily to Stansted.
For the rest of the UK, the Gulf carrier connects to Manchester three times a day with A380s, operates two daily links to Birmingham(an A380 and a 777) and has daily flights to Newcastle and Glasgow with the 777 and A380 respectively. Edinburgh remains the only destination in Emirates’ UK network not to have returned following its suspension at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.