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Emirates to increase capacity on A380 routes to Manchester

Airline to deploy third daily A380 to UK city from January 1, makes scheduling changes to Birmingham flights

Emirates to increase capacity on A380 routes to Manchester

Emirates on Monday announced an 11 percent capacity increase on flights to Manchester with the deployment of a third daily A380 on the route.

From January 1 2017, the replacement of the Boeing 777-300ER on the route will mean that all Emirates flights to Manchester will be operated by the double-decker A380.

Following the changes, Emirates will offer 2,198 additional weekly seats on the route, enabling more travel between Dubai and Manchester.

The airline also expects to exceed one million passengers carried on the route for this financial year, reflecting rising demand for what was its second route launched into the UK after London Gatwick.

Flight EK21 will depart from Dubai at 0300hrs and arrive in Manchester at 0700hrs. The return flight EK22 will depart from Manchester at 0845, with a 1945hrs arrival time in Dubai.

The airline also announced plans to swap its current A380 service at Birmingham from the morning to afternoon departure slot, to offer customers more connections beyond Dubai to other destinations.

As of January 1, the A380 will operate flights EK37/38 instead of flights EK39/40 as it currently does. Leaving Birmingham at 2045hrs, EK38 arrives in Dubai at 0740hrs, while EK37 departs from Dubai at 1450hrs to arrive in Birmingham at 1845hrs.

The A380 service to Birmingham will continue to operate with a two-class configuration aircraft, offering 615 seats in total.

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