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