Responding to “sustained demand for international travel”, Gulf giant Emirates is billed to return to another London gateway this summer. Find out which one this is, how many airports Emirates plans to serve the UK capital this year, and more, by reading ahead!
From August 1 of this year, Emirates is set to resume operations at London/Stansted – its third gateway to the British capital after neighbouring Heathrow and Gatwick. Initially, Stansted is poised to be flown at five-weekly frequency but is earmarked to become daily by September 1.
According to the Dubai-based carrier, the Boeing 777-300ER will be deployed, featuring a first-class product which it calls a “game changer”.
On the link from Dubai/International, Flight EK 068 is scheduled to land at Stansted at 1330hrs local time, before departing the same evening as EK 065 at 2110hrs.
Emirates has previously served the Essex hub, although it paused operations to Stansted in March 2020 due to the onset of COVID-19.
Richard Jewsbury, Emirates divisional vice president in the UK, commented: “London/Stansted is a key hub for Emirates in the East and South East of the UK and resuming operations will offer better connectivity to businesses and communities in the region while also boosting the UK economy through scaled up inbound travel and additional cargo capacity. The UK is Emirates’ most important international market and bookings have continued to surge with the further easing of travel restrictions. We look forward to welcoming more people on board our premium Boeing 777-300ER aircraft later this year.”
Steve Griffiths, London Stansted’s managing director, added: "The return of Emirates flights between Dubai/International and London/Stansted is wonderful news and demonstrates the renewed confidence among airlines and passengers as we recover from the pandemic.
“The route is of huge importance to London and the East of England, providing a vital link between the two destinations and beyond, thanks to the airline's extensive onward network," he continued.
This latest move will contribute to Emirates’ aim of 110-weekly rotations serving the UK by October 2022. This would include six-daily flights to Heathrow, twice-daily to Gatwick, thrice-daily to Manchester, twice-daily to Birmingham, five-weekly to Newcastle (currently four-weekly but scheduled to become five from July 1) and daily to Glasgow/International.