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Emirates adds second daily A380 to Gatwick amid strong demand

Dubai-based airline says it has taken the decision to immediately upgrade route to raise capacity by 11.5%

Emirates adds second daily A380 to Gatwick amid strong demand

Emirates Airline said on Thursday it has launched a second daily A380 service to London Gatwick Airport.

Due to passenger demand, Emirates has taken the decision to immediately upgrade its EK15/16 route that was previously operated by a Boeing 777.

The A380 will add a total of 318 seats per day increasing capacity in all three classes by 11.5 percent.

Over 330,000 customers have already flown with the A380 to and from London Gatwick since the aircraft was first deployed in March 2014.

Hubert Frach, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president, Commercial Operations West, said: “We are constantly seeking ways to enhance our services to meet passenger expectations. Demand for the A380 has prompted us to introduce a second daily A380 service to London Gatwick, months ahead of schedule.

"This strengthens our bid to provide both holidaymakers and business travellers with a world-class travel experience whilst ensuring better seat availability from one of the busiest airports in the UK."

Stewart Wingate, CEO, London Gatwick, added: “Following increasing passenger demand and a strong performance of Emirates’ first A380 service to Dubai from Gatwick, we welcome the introduction a second daily A380 service.”

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John 5 years ago

Is Gatwick a major hub to the US, because my A380 flight from Bangkok which was continuing on to Gatwick was the majority of passengers on my flight. Very few passengers got off in Dubai. This seems like a strong move and maybe should increase more in the future.