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Dubai’s Emirates ramps up flights to Scotland

Airline has warned fares to Europe may increase to offset cost of EU carbon trading scheme

Dubai’s Emirates ramps up flights to Scotland
Emirates expects some 14,000 to use the Glasgow route in 2012

Emirates
Airline, the world’s largest long-haul airline, will launch a second daily
flight to Glasgow in Scotland from 1 June, the carrier said Tuesday.

The Dubai-based
airline said it expected 140,000 inbound passengers to use the service in 2012,
boosting Glasgow’s local economy by AED187m ($272,000) annually.

“This
announcement illustrates our commitment to Scotland and to our wider UK route
network in difficult economic times,” Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ senior vice
president of commercial operations for Europe and the Russian Federation, said
in a statement.

Gordon
Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, said the airline’s existing route to Glasgow
has generated more than AED931m for the local economy since its launch in 2004.

Emirates
last week warned Europe-bound passengers to brace for higher ticket prices as
it grapples with an EU carbon trading scheme set to cost UAE carriers nearly $1.5bn.

Dubai’s flagship carrier said it expected the plan aimed at capping airlines’ carbon emissions to cost it about
$52m this year and well in excess of $650m by the end of the decade.

Under the EU's plan to put a price on pollution, airlines
now have to buy permits to help offset greenhouse emissions from jetliners
operating in, to and from Europe.

Airlines will face fines of up to €100 for every tonne of
carbon dioxide they emit above a fixed limit; part of an EU bid to cut
pollution by five percent through 2020.

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Jon 7 years ago

So put your fares up, lose passengers, scale your flights back and then the world is better off as there is less carbon dioxide being emitted as there are less flights.

Welcome to flying your aircraft in a level playing field.