By Andy Sambidge
Dubai airline to add flights to Italian tourist hub from March 25 to meet growing demand
Emirates' flights to Venice will go double daily from March 25 next year, the Dubai carrier said on Wednesday.
The airline, which started flying to Venice in July 2007, is the only carrier to offer a non-stop passenger service to and from Dubai, the airline said in a statement.
"Since launching our third gateway into Italy four years ago, Venice has gone from strength, both on the passenger and cargo side," said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates' senior vice president, Europe and Russian Federation.
"There is clearly a need for another daily service and we will help to satisfy that demand," he added in comments published by state news agency WAM.
Venice is one of the world's best known tourist destinations and First Class and Business Class passengers are offered a water limousine airport transfer service.
News of the extra daily flight comes just two weeks after Emirates made a further major commitment to Italy by placing a 489-seat A380 on one of its twice daily Rome flights.
This enables passengers on the Rome route to travel all the way from Italy to Australia on the popular A380, as well as other key markets served by the double decker, such as China and Thailand.
After starting flights to Italy in 1992, Emirates now operates 35 flights per week to Venice, Rome and Milan, contributing to a $4.6bn trade relationship between Italy and the UAE.
With a fleet of 165 aircraft, including 19 A380s, Emirates flies to 116 destinations in 68 countries across six continents.