By Andy Sambidge
Dubai carrier says extra service will begin on May 1, in response to surging customer demand
Emirates Airline is boosting its route to Manchester with the introduction of a third daily non-stop flight, the carrier said on Wednesday.
The new service, which starts on May 1, will increase Emirates' capacity by 25 percent.
"Manchester is a real success story. To be adding a third flight just months after introducing our 517-seat A380 superjumbo to the route reflects surging demand for our flights in and out of the north west of England," said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates' senior vice president, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation.
"Since bringing the A380 to Manchester last September the route to Dubai has been one of Emirates' strongest performers and we saw a full compliment of 517 in November so we know the traffic is there and the third daily service underlines the strength of this route and the importance of the Middle East to our longer term ambitions as an airport," added Andrew Harrison, managing director of Manchester Airport.
The new service will be operated by an Airbus A330-200 aircraft offering 12 First Class seats, 42 Business Class seats and 183 Economy Class seats.
On Tuesday, it was reported that Abu Dhabi's Etihad is planning to double its number of flights between Abu Dhabi and Manchester.
The UAE's national airline will start flying twice a day on the route from August 1, the UK-based Air and Business Travel News reported.
Etihad had previously announced plans to expand from seven to 10 flights per week this summer.
Why doesn't Emirates Airlines add a new route to Slovenia (Ljubljana)? There are currently no flights from the UAE. It takes 2-3 transits to reach there! A route to Copenhagen, Denmark should also be considered. I would be the first customer on both!