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Emirates gear up for a brisk return to full capacity.

1st December 2021 - 1:15pm

Emirates media update with Enda Corneille (Country Manager Emirates)

Emirates media update with Enda Corneille (Country Manager Emirates)

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The Emirates operation in Ireland is gearing up for its busiest month since February 2020 and flights from Dublin to Dubai and onwards to eastern destinations are booking fast for Christmas.

 

“Bookings for December have been brisk and we are almost at full capacity for the whole month of December and right into January”, said Enda Corneille (Country Manager Emirates Ireland).  “While this would not have been unusual pre-2020, it’s a significant boost to our operations in Dublin and indeed our sector, following a turbulent 20 months.  It’s heartening to finally be able to say, with some confidence, that the outlook for 2022 is positive.

 

Passengers flying with Emirates next month include holidaymakers seeking winter sun, honeymooners and Asian and Australian nationals studying or working in Ireland, many of whom have not been able to travel home for almost two years. 

 

Game-changer

“The partial reopening of Australian borders has been a game-changer and we have seen a 197% increase in bookings to Sydney and Melbourne since the easing of restrictions there”, said Enda Corneille. “And passenger traffic is two-way as Irish ex-pats in Australia can now come home to family and friends for the holidays with confidence, knowing they can return without restriction”.

 

The Dubai to Sydney route is once again being serviced by the airline’s flagship A380 aircraft and it is expected that the A380 will also be redeployed on the Melbourne route from February 2022.  “This is good news for the aviation sector and great news for Emirates customers, as the airline seeks to sustainably rebuild capacity and connectivity across its network”, said Enda Corneille.  “We have no dates as yet for the resumption of our double daily service from Dublin. The further lifting of restrictions in Australia, and other markets, will be central to that decision and I’m hopeful that we will be able to continue rebuilding our schedule from Dublin next year”.

 

Daily Dublin service

Having reduced its service to just two weekly flights at the start of the pandemic, Emirates is currently operating a daily service between Dublin and Dubai and onwards to more than 120 destinations. The top two destinations for Ireland’s holidaymakers this season are Dubai and the Maldives, with Dubai attracting almost 70% of all passenger traffic.

 

“There are a number of factors driving travel to Dubai”, said Enda Corneille. “The guaranteed sunshine, outdoor lifestyle, Expo 2020 Dubai, which has already welcomed 3 million visitors since it opened in October and of course, vaccine uptake”, said Enda Corneille.

 

Thailand has seen a spike in bookings since the recent lifting of restrictions for vaccinated visitors and next week, Emirates’ A380 service will return to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to meet the strong passenger demand.

 

Travel with confidence

Dubai and Emirates were to the forefront of initiatives to enhance health and safety measures in response to the Covid-19 crisis.  Dubai was an early adopter when it came to introducing mandatory PCR tests for passengers arriving into the country and in July 2020, Emirates was the first airline to introduce free medical cover for customers to cover Covid-19-related expenses. Earlier this year it was among the first to trial the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) pass facilitating contactless journeys for customers while enabling airport teams to handle document checks efficiently and in compliance with regulatory requirements.

 

Emirates is giving people many reasons to travel, not just with confidence but with added value. Recent initiatives for tourists include:

  • Complimentary entry for all Emirates passenger to Expo2020 Dubai
  • All passengers can avail of My Emirates Pass with discounts and exclusive offers at more than 500 locations and venues in Dubai
  • Fares are in line with pre-Covid prices, with Economy Class return flights to Dubai from Dublin starting from €500

 

“In addition to rebuilding our network, it’s equally important that we help rebuild confidence in international travel.  There is a clear divide between those that can’t wait to take to the skies again and those that are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach, which is completely understandable”, said Enda Corneille. “There is huge pent-up demand and 2022/23 could be shaping up to be a golden era of international travel, as people make up for holidays missed over the past two years. Emirates is ready for when our customers are ready”.


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