By Ed Attwood
Dubai carrier adds three flights to existing schedule after seeing increased demand.
Dubai flagship airline Emirates will offer a double-daily service to the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, from March this year.
The firm will add another three flights per week to its existing schedule – which is served by a two-class Boeing 777 – adding an extra 2,600 seats a week. Emirates has seen increasing demand from its Indonesia service, and responded recently by providing another flight to the destination in December 2009.
The move follows a busy week for Emirates, which has seen it announce flights to four new destinations, including Madrid, Prague, Tokyo and Amsterdam.
“Emirates is grateful to the Indonesian regulatory authorities for their continuing support. Indonesia is one of our most important markets in the region and we look forward to serving the country’s growing demand for air travel services,” said Richard Jewsbury, Emirates’ senior vice president, commercial operations Far East and Australia.
“Indonesia is gaining popularity among Middle East travellers, demonstrated by a 20 percent annual growth in arrivals from the region. On its part the government has taken several steps to promote inbound tourism including visa on arrival for travellers from many Gulf countries.”
Emirates’ dedicated freight division, Emirates SkyCargo, will see capacity rise by 27 percent to 233 tonnes per week in each direction.