Emirates will be increasing its services to Sydney and Melbourne, while it resumes flights to Christchurch, New Zealand via Sydney.
Starting March 26, Emirates will launch a third daily flight between Dubai and Melbourne. Using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, the third flight will include a stop in Singapore.
On the same day, Emirates will relaunch services between Sydney and Christchurch using Airbus A380 aircraft.
Following the relaunch of the Sydney-Christchurch route, Emirates will then add a third daily non-stop flight to Sydney on May 1. Adding to the current twice daily flights using Airbus A380 aircraft, the third flight will use Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
According to Emirates, the airline will operate 63 weekly flights to Australia offering a capacity of 55,000 passengers per week by mid-year. The added flights will see the full restoration of pre-pandemic capacity to Melbourne and Sydney.
“Adding a third daily service to Sydney and Melbourne will offer over 500,000 additional seats to and from Australia in a year. To have the two cities operating back at pre-pandemic frequencies is a phenomenal milestone in our restoration of Australia capacity and testament to our longstanding commitment to flying down under,” said Adnan Kazim, CCO, Emirates.
“It’s great news for customers as it provides extra capacity for the strong demand we’re seeing for travel from Melbourne to Europe and Asia. It’s also great news for Victorian exporters, with the Boeing 777-300 aircraft providing additional freight opportunities into Asia and the Middle East,” said Lorie Argus, CEO, Melbourne Airport.
“These extra flights are another important step towards Australia’s international aviation recovery, providing much needed additional capacity to meet the high demand for travel. It is great to see that both visitors and Australians will have more choice available in time for the start of the European summer and the NSW winter school holidays,” said Geoff Culbert, CEO, Sydney Airport.