We noticed you're blocking ads.

Keep supporting great journalism by turning off your ad blocker.

Questions about why you are seeing this? Contact us

Font Size

- Aa +

Tue 13 Sep 2016 01:52 PM

Font Size

- Aa +

Emirates says no plan for Belfast flights despite passenger surge

Dubai-based airline sees 25% jump in Northern Irish passengers using Dublin to Dubai services

Emirates says no plan for Belfast flights despite passenger surge

Emirates airline has no immediate plans to launch direct flights to the Northern Irish capital of Belfast despite seeing a surge in passengers from the country, a senior official has said.

Enda Corneille, the boss of Emirates in Ireland, said direct flights between Belfast and Dubai are still some way off.

But he added in comments published by the Belfast Telegraph the number of passengers from Northern Ireland using its Dublin services has increased by around 25 percent in the last year.

He was quoted as saying: “We were up a couple of months ago, and met with Invest NI. It’s an airport of interest to us, and in its favour there is an active business community.

“That shows a commitment. There are no plans for it at the moment. Never say never, but it’s not on the cards at the moment.”

Emirates operates a double-daily flight from Dublin to Dubai, and onwards to around 140 different locations. It now deals with 22,000 passengers a month and 1,500 tonnes of cargo.

Emirates also has a dedicated sales team in Belfast in order to meet demand for the routes, he added.

Arabian Business: why we're going behind a paywall

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.