Emirates ramps up capacity Down Under

The UAE carrier is doubling down on its services to two Australian capitals, Janie Medbury reports.

A SECOND daily Emirates service between Dubai and Perth is set to deliver an extra 250,000 seats per year into the WA capital from 01 December, with the carrier also preparing to add more capacity on its Brisbane route.

The reinstatement of Emirates’ second service to Perth marks “another important step forward in rebuilding WA’s aviation capacity and further strengthens Perth’s global reputation as the Western Gateway to Australia”, according to Acting Tourism Minister for WA, John Carey.

The extra flight between Dubai and Perth will offer more connectivity to the airline’s gateways in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, providing more seamless and convenient options for travellers.

From October, Emirates will also boost its Queensland services by deploying an Airbus A380 on its Dubai-Brisbane route, replacing the smaller capacity Boeing 777-300ER.

After its launch in June 2023, the additional daily flight was estimated to bring in an additional 129,210 seats and generate overnight visitor expenditure of $75 million a year, and is now expected to bring even more travellers to the Sunshine State.

“The A380 will allow up to 100,000 extra passengers per year to travel between Queensland and Europe, which is Brisbane’s second busiest international destination,” Brisbane Airport CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff shared.

Emirates Divisional Vice President Australasia, Barry Brown, said the capacity boost is “a demonstration of the importance of both gateways for tourism and trade”.

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