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Emirates says to add second daily flight to Greek capital

Dubai airline announces plan to boost capacity to Athens from March 1 with launch of new daily service

Emirates says to add second daily flight to Greek capital

Emirates Airline has unveiled plans to boost capacity to Athens with the addition of a second daily flight to the Greek capital from March 1.

The addition of a second daily service will take the total weekly Emirates flights serving Athens to 14. The flight will be linked to the existing Dubai-Larnaca route, allowing travellers to book tickets between the Cypriot city and Athens.

The Dubai-Larnaca-Athens service will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration, with eight Private Suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class, and 310 seats in Economy Class, the airline said in a statement.

Since Emirates started serving Athens in June 1996, it has carried over 2.2 million passengers on the route, it added.

Based on a study conducted by Frontier Economics, Emirates’ current operations in Athens have an economic impact of €79 million on Greece’s GDP and support over 1,600 jobs in the country.

Thierry Aucoc, senior vice president, Commercial Operations, Europe and Russia, said: "By linking the new service to our existing Dubai-Larnaca flight, Emirates becomes the only airline to operate a wide-body aircraft on the popular Larnaca-Athens route."

With an additional daily cargo capacity of nearly 20 tonnes in each direction, Emirates SkyCargo will connect customers in Greece with cities around the globe. Top exports include ship spares, fish, fur and leather goods, as well as pharmaceutical products.

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