By Andy Sambidge
Dubai airline will increase capacity on route to UK city by 13% when it upgrades flight from Feb 1
Emirates Airline has announced plans to launch a second daily A380 service to the UK's Manchester Airport from next month.
The Dubai-based airline said that from February 1, its EK019/020 service, currently operated by a Boeing 777, will be replaced with an Airbus A380.
The introduction of the second daily A380 means that half of Emirates' 16 daily flights to the UK will be operated by an A380 from February.
The second daily A380 will increase Emirates' capacity from Manchester by 13 percent, with over 20 percent of this increase in the premium cabins.
Hubert Frach, Emirates divisional senior vice president, Commercial Operations West said: "Manchester is the third busiest airport in the UK and demand for flights to Dubai, and beyond, has increased significantly during our 25 years of operating out of the airport.
"At Emirates we are committed to providing our customers with the very best service possible. The introduction of a second daily A380 aircraft will not only help more leisure and business passengers to travel in and out of Manchester, but also offer them the world-class travel experience that is synonymous with Emirates."
With eight daily A380 flights into the UK and an ever expanding global A380 network, Emirates continues to set the industry benchmark in both A380 connectivity and customer experience.
Ken O'Toole, chief commercial officer at Manchester Airports Group (MAG), said: "We welcome Emirates' addition of a second daily A380 service at Manchester Airport from February 1.
"Manchester is the only UK airport outside of London that the A380, the world's largest passenger aircraft, flies to.
"This additional flight confirms Manchester as the northern gateway and highlights the ongoing demand from passengers to fly from Manchester Airport. It is testament to the success of our Fly Manchester campaign and the strength the airport offers long-haul carriers."
In the latest poll of popular destinations from Manchester Airport, Dubai replaced Palma as the number one spot.
Analysis of all UK air traffic in the first nine months of 2014 showed 596,028 passengers flew between Manchester and Dubai airports - up 21,901 on the same period last year.
Last month, Emirates announced a third daily service to Birmingham Airport, becoming the first airline to offer a direct first class service to the UK region.
Commencing August 1, Emirates flight EK41, operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, will add seven more inbound flights a week to Birmingham, increasing passenger and cargo capacity on the route by 42 percent.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.
The high traffic shift will continue in favor of other UK airports due to Heathrow (LHR ) unjustified high departure tax's.