Edinburgh is Emirates' second destination in Scotland after Glasgow
Emirates will start a daily service between Edinburgh and Dubai from 1 October this year, the airline announced.
Scotland’s capital city will become Emirates’ second destination in the country after Glasgow and its 8th in the United Kingdom, with a daily service to London Stansted due to start in June.
The new service will be operated by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three class cabin configuration, with 8 private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 304 seats in Economy Class.
Flight EK023 will depart Dubai daily at 0955hrs and arrive in Edinburgh at 1450hrs, while the return flight, EK024 will depart Edinburgh at 2015hrs and arrive in Dubai at 0640hrs the next morning.
“We’re increasing our capacity to Scotland to meet growing demand, and by introducing a daily flight to Edinburgh, it will complement our current double daily flights between Dubai and Glasgow,” said Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, West.
“Edinburgh is a very popular leisure and business destination, and the new service will offer our customers from across our global network, particularly from key inbound markets such as Asia and Australia, a direct option to the city via our Dubai hub.
“It will also be a more convenient point for travellers from the greater Edinburgh area, and beyond, such as Aberdeen and Dundee, to travel with Emirates to Dubai and onward to destinations across our network,” he added.
Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, commented, "This is a fantastic announcement for Edinburgh Airport as we welcome another world renowned airline to Scotland's busiest airport, which will enhance our connectivity with the Middle East and further afield. We're delighted to welcome Emirates on board and further expand our international choice for the 13.4 million passengers who use Edinburgh Airport every year.”