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Emirates reveals plan to boost capacity on London route

Dubai airline says it will add a 10th daily flight to the British capital from October 1

Emirates reveals plan to boost capacity on London route

Emirates Airline on Thursday unveiled plans to boost capacity to London with the addition of a 10th daily flight to the British capital starting on October 1.

The new service, Emirates' fourth daily flight to London Gatwick, will complement its six daily services to Heathrow and take the airline's total weekly services to the city to 70.

The Dubai-London Gatwick service will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, the carrier said in a statement.

"Emirates started serving London Gatwick in July 1987; since then over 10 million passengers have travelled on the route. As a global hub for finance, business and tourism, London attracts travellers from all over the world," said Hubert Frach, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president, Commercial Operations, West.

"With British expats forming the largest western community in Dubai, it’s not surprising to witness continued strong demand for travel between Dubai and the five cities we currently serve in the UK," said Frach.

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick Airport’s CEO, added: “We are delighted with Emirates’ decision to introduce a fourth daily service from Gatwick to Dubai. The new service follows the strong performance of Emirates’ Dubai routes from Gatwick, with increasing demand from both business and leisure passengers."

Based on a study conducted by Frontier Economics, Emirates’ current operations in the UK have an economic impact of more than £2 billion on the UK’s GDP and support over 29,700 jobs in the country.

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