By Andy Sambidge
Dubai airline says September 2 launch will be its third Scandinavian gateway
Emirates Airline has announced plans to expand its European network with a new daily flight to Oslo, Norway, in September,
The launch of services on September 2 marks the third Scandinavian gateway for the Dubai airline.
Operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, the daily service will offer a total of 360 seats, the carrier said in a statement.
Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline, said: “Norway’s resilient economy is built on strong foundations including its dynamic oil, gas, fishing, telecom and maritime sectors.
"We believe that Emirates’ new Oslo service will stimulate further growth via trade, tourism and investment flows into the country, by providing critical air transport links with emerging markets in the Middle East, Far East, West Asia and Africa.
"We also look forward to introducing new audiences to Oslo and drawing in visitors from a host of points across the global network including the UAE and destinations further East such as India, Pakistan, Thailand, China and Vietnam,” he added.
Oslo ranks as the fastest-growing capital in Europe, and is home to diverse ethnic communities from Pakistan, Iraq, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Afghanistan and China.
Norway is Europe's largest oil producer, the world's second largest natural gas exporter, and is an important supplier of both oil and natural gas to other European countries.
Emirates’ new daily service between Dubai and Oslo is expected to strengthen the trade ties which have grown between the UAE and Norway in recent years.
Trade volumes between two countries totaled over $277 million in 2011 according to the UAE Ministry of Trade.
The UAE Ministry of Economy recently reported that there are 17 Norwegian registered trade companies, 38 trade agencies and 244 registered trademarks currently operating and contributing to the growing trade volumes between the two countries.
In addition to passenger operations, Emirates SkyCargo will offer 23 tonnes of cargo capacity between the two cities. Popular commodities are expected to be; oil and gas equipment, maritime and ship spares, pharmaceuticals, seafood, chemicals, electronics, telecommunication equipment, machinery, dairy products and fruits and vegetables bound for markets like Vietnam, China and Taiwan.
Emirates’ launch of Oslo will follow the launch of Kano and Abuja in Nigeria on August 1 and Chicago on August 5.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
That is really great. This will certainly enhance our ongoing business with the UAE and make travel more convenient and faster for our customers and our staff.