Emirates to resume flights to Newcastle Airport in October
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Emirates is taking advantage of relaxed travel protocols and surging customer demand by restarting its flight service from Dubai International (DXB) to Newcastle Airport (NCL) from 15 October. This is a key step in the airline’s strategy to rebuild its U.K. network to pre-pandemic levels; earlier this month, the airline announced it would restore flights between Heathrow (LHR) and Dubai in October, too.
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Emirates will operate four flights per week between Dubai and Newcastle, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. All flights will use the Boeing 777-300ER wide-body jet, with two class configurations. The airline said in a statement the upgrades to its service offerings were in response to clear indications that travellers are ready to return to the skies.
“The airline is advancing its plans to increase services and capacity to make it easier for its customers to connect to and from its extensive European network via Dubai,” Emirates said.
A big reason for the expansion of service is because the UAE was recently moved to the U.K.’s amber list for travel. That is a huge relief for travellers arriving in the U.K. from Dubai as it means they no longer have to quarantine in a government-approved hotel.
The return of the Newcastle service has been a long time coming.
Emirates suspended it once the demand for air travel plummeted at the onset of the pandemic. The airline had planned to resume the Dubai to Newcastle route last December, but those plans were put on hold.
In addition to the four weekly flights between Dubai and Newcastle, Emirates will begin offering six flights daily out of London Heathrow from 31 October.
By the end of October, the carrier will offer 77 flights each week to the U.K., one of the airline’s most important markets. Along with the expanded Heathrow flights, that number includes twice-daily A380 flights to Manchester (MAN), 10 weekly routes to Birmingham (BHX), daily services to Glasgow (GLA) and the just-announced flights to Newcastle.
Emirates has also responded to rising customer demand across Europe by setting in motion plans to introduce extra flights to other key cities, including Barcelona, Brussels, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Lisbon, Madrid, Munich, Rome and Zurich. That will place Emirates’ global network at 120 destinations, near 90% of its capacity before the coronavirus pandemic.
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