Emirates plans to resume all UK routes by 1 September
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Emirates intends to dramatically increase services to the United Kingdom from 1 July, with a current plan to resume all U.K. routes by the start of September.
The Dubai-based carrier has been hit hard by the coronavirus-caused global travel slowdown, suspending all passenger flights from its route network in late-March as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) banned air travel. The airline then resumed very limited passenger operations in April to transport foreigners from the UAE to their home countries. This was followed by the news that the airline would again allow transit passengers between Europe and Australia as it began scheduled select operations to nine airports, with a once-daily service to London Heathrow (LHR) being the only United Kingdom airport included in that list.
RoutesOnline is reporting the surprising news that Emirates will resume multiple daily flights from Dubai (DXB) to London Heathrow (LHR) as soon as 1 July, (including the return of the airline’s A380) with a return to almost full pre-coronavirus 2019 capacity across the U.K. by 1 September 2020. The ambitious announcement includes the following U.K. route resumptions:
- London Heathrow (LHR): 3x daily A380 service from 1 July, increasing to 6x daily A380 from 1 September;
- London Gatwick (LGW): 2x daily A380 from 1 July, 3x daily A380 from 1 September;
- London Stansted (STN): 2x daily 777 from 1 September;
- Birmingham (BHX): 2x daily A380 from 1 August;
- Edinburgh (EDI): 1x daily 777 from 1 August;
- Glasgow (GLA): 1x daily A380 from 1 July, additional 1x daily 777 from 1 August;
- Manchester (MAN): 1x daily A380 from 1 July, 3x A380 daily from 1 September; and
- Newcastle (NCL): 1x daily 777 from 1 September.
This announcement would see the Gulf-based airline offering more than 5,000 seats to London area airports alone daily across an impressive 11 daily total flights. This comes despite Emirates President Sir Tim Clark telling a Virtual ATM just days ago that he does not see passenger demand for the airline returning to pre-coronaviruys levels until 2023-2024, as reported by Arabian Business.
“Some of our flights are available for booking starting 1 July, however the situation still remains dynamic and these flight services could be subject to change”, an Emirates spokesperson told TPG. “We are closely monitoring the situation as it evolves, and we hope to resume services as soon as conditions allow. This includes receiving government approvals, the easing of travel restrictions, and commercial demand. We will announce any service resumption when we are in a position to do so”.
The airline has previously announced plans to ban carry-on luggage on board its flights as well as requiring all passengers to wear masks and gloves. It had already also begun rapid pre-boarding coronavirus testing at its Dubai (DXB) mega-hub,
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