By Ed Attwood
New route will be the first direct passenger service between two countries, carrier's 4th new 2010 destination.
Dubai airline giant Emirates has announced that it will launch flights to Madrid from August 1.
The new schedule is particularly significant as it will provide the very first direct passenger service between Dubai and Spain - fulfilling a longstanding gap in the transport network between the two locations.
The daily non-stop service will be Emirates’ 25th destination in Europe and is its fourth new destination announced this year, after Tokyo, Amsterdam and Prague.
“The new Madrid route is particularly significant because we will provide the only scheduled passenger service between Dubai and Spain,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline & Group.
“It will also give passengers out of Spain much easier access to our international hub in Dubai, where they can travel onwards to popular destinations in Asia and the Far East.
“If there is one route that we have been repeatedly asked about in recent years, it is Spain, so I believe we will make a lot of people very happy with this announcement,” Sheikh Ahmed added.
The flight will be served by an Airbus 330-200 aircraft, with 12 seats in first class, 42 in business and 183 in economy.
Emirates’ dedicated cargo division, Emirates SkyCargo, already has strong links with Spain via its scheduled bi-weekly flights to Zaragoza.
It's just another proof that UAE economy is doing at least OK in this horrible global crisis. Well done Emirates. FINALLYYYYYYYYY, to spain although we wish to have Barcelona and Malaga as well! Sky is the limit
Thank you Emirates. Finally, its here. I think with this it pretty much covers all of Euro now. Well done. I now its not with Emirates' but with Canadian authorities, but please keep trying for a daily Toronto flight. It is necessary. Thanks.
This is excellent news.... long-awaited and much-wanted. Thank you Emirates :)
Well done. Kuwait Airways started flying to Madrid in the 80's. I cant wait and do hope emirates starts flying to Mexico City.
For all everything in Dubai was dying and everyone looked it with a negative eyes and hatred which to me I do not understand why. Dubai is a great city and has done a lot amazing things which created a lot jobs and opportunities. I am here and we all are and having better standards because of visionary govt. Otherwise this would have been a quite sleeping city with few jobs and hardly any ground for educated and career minded ones. Ofcourse, Dubai made few mistakes, but who hasnt and who doesnt. Everyone does not any is perfect. But much should be appreciated in Dubai for the bold steps taken. With Emirates launching 4th destination this year... it clearly shows... UAE is still strong.
Well done Emirates, just can't wait for next year. I will be traveling next year where I will be doing a cruise trip to Europe, starting from Spain...............Also, love Dubai, had stayed for two nights and was impressed by it's buildings, hotels, shopping malls, beaches, and cleanliness of the country.