Emirates will resume daily service out of London Gatwick in December

Sep 29, 2021

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Emirates continues to restore its U.K. flight network one step at a time, with the latest move being to restart daily service out of London Gatwick Airport (LGW).

The announcement comes just days before the U.K. scraps its traffic light travel system for a more streamlined set of protocols. From 10 December, Emirates will resume service to Gatwick with a daily flight using a Boeing 777 aircraft. The airline continues to double down on expectations that travel, be it for business or leisure, will continue to ramp up now that restrictions are being relaxed.

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Emirates’ daily service to Gatwick be as follows when it resumes in December (all times local):

  • Flight EK015: Departs Dubai International (DXB) at 7:40 a.m., arrives in London Gatwick (LGW) at 11:40 a.m.
  • Flight EK016: Departs London Gatwick at 1:35 p.m., arrives at Dubai International at 12:40 a.m. the next day.

Last month, the airline said it was going to have service back up to pre-pandemic levels from 4 October, with 73 weekly flights to the U.K. including six daily flights out of Heathrow (LHR) to Dubai International (DXB). That’s the day the traffic light system will switch to a single red list of destinations and simplified travel measures for arrivals will begin.

Rules for travel from countries and territories that are not on the red list will depend on a person’s vaccination status. Simply put, if you’re fully vaccinated, travel in and out of the U.K. is about to become much easier.

“With the U.K. simplifying travel and accepting international vaccination certificates, we’ve seen a big surge in demand as people have been a lot more confident in booking trips for the coming months and further ahead, be it for business, a winter sun escape or to visit family and friends,” said Adnan Kazim, the airline’s chief commercial officer. “Gatwick has long been a valued partner for Emirates and we look forward to welcoming passengers back on board an Emirates flight soon.”

The return of service at Gatwick will mean that, from 10 December, Emirates will be operating 84 weekly flights from six U.K. airports: London Heathrow (LHR), Manchester (MAN), Birmingham (BHX), Glasgow (GLA), Newcastle (NCL) and Gatwick.

That will have the airline’s U.K. network operating at roughly 90% of its flight service before the pandemic turned the travel industry upside down. There is no word on when the carrier intends to return to Stansted (STN).

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