Virgin Atlantic expands route network with the addition of Dubai, Las Vegas

Virgin Atlantic has recently announced its return to Dubai, as it seeks to expand its route network.

The airline will offer a four-times-a-week service between London Heathrow and Dubai from October to March, catering to Brits seeking sunny winter breaks. Flights are available to book, with return fares starting at £505.

Commencing on October 28, the route will be operated by Virgin Atlantic’s 787-9 aircraft, featuring 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium, and 192 Economy Delight, Classic, and Light seats. The new service will provide connections for customers traveling from Dubai via London Heathrow to various destinations across North America within both the Virgin Atlantic and Delta networks, including New York, Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Virgin Atlantic Holidays provides customers with a wide range of options, with over 30 properties throughout Dubai and the surrounding region.

Besides Dubai’s stunning resorts that offer five-star luxury, the nearby desert presents opportunities for camel rides, sandboarding, and dune bashing. Virgin Atlantic last operated flights to Dubai in March 2019.

In addition to the Dubai route, Virgin Atlantic has also announced expanded services from Manchester Airport. Starting in summer 2024, new flights to Las Vegas will be introduced, providing passengers from the North West and beyond with an increased range of leisure travel options, including Orlando and Barbados. These Manchester flights will operate on the Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, offering 16 Upper Class, 56 Premium, and 325 Economy Delight, Classic, and Light seats, as well as a unique social space called ‘The Booth,’ exclusively for Upper Class passengers to enjoy various activities while crossing the Atlantic. Economy fares start from £770 per person.

Rikke Christensen, Vice President of Network & Alliances at Virgin Atlantic, commented: ‘I’m thrilled to be returning to Dubai – a destination we know our customers and people love. Its inviting climate during the cold UK winter, combined with its first-class collection of hotels and experiences make Dubai a must visit destination for sunshine hungry Brits.

We’ve long wanted to return to this incredible city when the time was right, and this year presents the perfect opportunity. Dubai will complement our growing collection of winter sun destinations, bolstered by The Maldives and Turks and Caicos later this year alongside our new services between Manchester and Las Vegas in Summer 2024 and the soon to commence inter-Caribbean flights. I’m looking forward to welcoming our customers back to this vibrant, exciting destination once more.’

Emirates to resume second daily flight to Dubai from Stansted

Emirates is set to resume its second daily service to Dubai from London Stansted as demand picks up.

Starting May 1, 2023, the additional flight will operate using the airline’s wide-body Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with its ‘Game Changer’ First Class product.

Gareth Powell, London Stansted’s Managing Director, said: ‘The return of Emirates’ second daily flight to Dubai is exciting news for passengers and a huge boost for London Stansted Airport, London and the East of England. The decision to have 14 weekly flights from Stansted is a demonstration of the airline’s confidence in the demand for long-haul travel from the airport. Since the airline returned to the airport in the summer following the COVID pandemic, the route has been extremely popular, providing onward connections to locations all around the world.’

A second daily flight to Stansted is also expected to boost trade and economic growth in the region. Emirates passengers travelling from London Stansted will also have access to more destinations across the airline’s global network . Several popular destinations for UK travellers are Brisbane, Melbourne, Male, Seychelles, Bali, Singapore, Colombo, Bangalore and Bangkok.

Richard Jewsbury, Divisional Vice President, Emirates UK, said: ‘Since we recommenced services to and from Stansted in August 2022, bookings have continued to surge from the London hub. It is fantastic to be scaling up operations even further this year offering passengers increased connectivity ahead of the popular summer holiday period. Stansted is a key hub for Emirates in the East and Southeast of the UK, and we look forward to welcoming even more passengers onboard.’

Emirates started began serving London Stansted in June 2018, initially with a daily flight, then a twice-daily service in March 2019. The route was suspended during the COVID pandemic but was reinstated in August 2022.

Emirates expands operations to Dubai from Gatwick

Emirates has announced an expansion of its operations to Dubai from Gatwick Airport with the addition of a third daily A380 flight.

The expansion will add over an additional 1,000 seats to/from Gatwick to Dubai, every day.

The new Emirates flight EK11 will depart Dubai at 2:50hrs, flight EK15 will depart at 7:40hrs and flight EK09 will depart at 14:25hrs – offering customers more flexibility and travel choices.

Emirates currently serves the UK with 119 weekly flights across seven UK hubs including: six times daily to London Heathrow; three times daily to London Gatwick; daily service to London Stansted; three times daily to Manchester; double daily service to Birmingham; daily flights to Newcastle; and a daily service to Glasgow. Tickets can be purchased on emirates.com

Operating to over 130 destinations, across six continents, Emirates is one of the world’s largest airlines. Emirates’ home and hub, Dubai, remains a popular holiday and stopover destination. Travellers from the UK can benefit from the new Dubai Experience platform that enables customers to browse, create and book customised itineraries including flights, hotel stay, visits to key attractions, and other dining and leisure experiences in Dubai and the UAE.

Emirates restarts flights from London Stansted

Emirates has said that it has resumed services to London Stansted (STN), serving its third London gateway with a daily flight.

The airline has advanced plans to increase capacity from five-weekly services to a daily flight, starting August 1. With the return of services to Stansted, Emirates has strengthened its operations to London with nine daily flights, including six daily flights to Heathrow and a double daily flight to Gatwick.

London Stansted will be served by Emirates’ wide-body Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with its ‘Game Changer’ First Class product. Emirates flight EK65 will depart Dubai at 08:50hrs and arrive in London Stansted at 13:30hrs local time. The return flight, EK68 will depart London Stansted at 21:10hrs and arrive in Dubai at 7:10hrs local time, the following day.

‘The daily service will offer customers in East and Southeast UK more travel options, flexibility, and convenience when travelling with Emirates to more than 130 destinations, via Dubai,’ the airline said.

‘The airline also offers its customers an unmatched culinary experience in the skies with regionally inspired meals and a wide selection of premium beverages. Customers can sit back and relax with more than 5,000 channels of carefully curated global entertainment content featuring movies, TV shows, music, podcasts, games, audiobooks and more with ice, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system,’ it added.

Emirates currently serves seven gateways in the UK. By October 2022, the airline will be serving the country with 110 weekly flights, including: six times daily to London Heathrow; daily service to London Stansted; double daily A380 service to Gatwick; three times daily to Manchester, including a double daily A380 service (starting October 1, 2022); double daily service to Birmingham; five weekly flights to Newcastle; and a daily service to Glasgow.

The airline is also currently serving London Gatwick with three daily flights until August 3, 2022. The added frequency is serving customer demand and accommodating passengers affected by capacity adjustments on flights from London Heathrow.

Emirates to introduce third daily London Gatwick -Dubai flight for summer

Emirates has said that it will increase the frequency of its services to/from London Gatwick airport and Dubai with the addition of a third daily flight, effective July 27 until August 3, 2022.

The third daily flight is aimed at serving the high demand from customers travelling to and from London this summer. It will also provide additional seats to accommodate Emirates passengers affected by capacity adjustments on flights from London Heathrow, which will help ease operational pressures at the airport.

The additional daily flight will be operated by a wide-body Emirates Boeing 777 aircraft offering seats in First, Business and Economy class. Flight EK011 and EK012 will operate to and out of London Gatwick in the morning.

‘Emirates’ customers impacted by capacity adjustments at London Heathrow will be contacted directly by the airline or their travel agent. The airline is working closely with its travel partners to re-accommodate any impacted bookings and ensure smooth onward flight connections for customers to reach their planned destination, the airline said in a release.

‘Emirates is grateful for the support of London Gatwick Airport, along other partners on the ground who have been working closely with the airline to secure sufficient ground handling resources to deal with the additional demand, and provide passengers with a smooth and reliable journey,’ it added.

Emirates will continue to operate its six daily flights to/from London Heathrow during this period, and its planned re-start of daily services to London Stansted will commence on August 1.

Emirates will resume flights between Dubai and London Stansted in August 2022

Emirates is set to resume flights between Dubai and London Stansted in August 2022.

This will be the first time Emirates flies from Stansted since pausing operations from the airport in March 2020 following the pandemic.

Initially, the airline will start with a five-weekly service, before increasing to a daily service from September 1.

Operations will resume using a wide-body Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with an evening flight, with EK065 departing at 21:10 and arriving at Dubai International (DXB) at 07:10 the following day. Returning to the UK, EK068 will leave Dubai at 08:50, arriving in Stansted at 13:30 (all times are local).

Steve Griffiths, London Stansted’s Managing Director, said: ‘The return of Emirates flights between Dubai and London Stansted is wonderful news and demonstrates the renewed confidence among airlines and passengers as we recover from the pandemic.

‘The route is of huge importance to London and the East of England, providing a vital link between the two destinations and beyond, thanks to the airline’s extensive onward network.’

Richard Jewsbury, Emirates Divisional Vice President in the UK, said: ‘Stansted is a key hub for Emirates in the East and South East of the UK and resuming operations will offer better connectivity to businesses and communities in the region while also boosting the UK economy through scaled-up inbound travel and additional cargo capacity.

‘The UK is Emirates’ most important international market and bookings have continued to surge with the further easing of travel restrictions.

‘We look forward to welcoming more people on board our premium Boeing 777-300ER aircraft later this year.’

Emirates to resume Gatwick flights to Dubai in December

Emirates will restart its flights from London Gatwick Airport to Dubai from December 10, following the easing of international travel restrictions and an increase in passenger demand for winter sun.

The international airline will resume services to Gatwick with a daily flight operated on a B777 aircraft, across First, Business and Economy class. Flight EK015 will depart Dubai International (DXB) at 0740 and arrive in London Gatwick (LGW) at 1140, while flight EK016 will depart London Gatwick at 1335 and arrive in Dubai at 0040 the following day (all times are local).

Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Chief Commercial Officer commented, ‘We’re very pleased to resume Emirates flights to and from London Gatwick, offering more ways for people and businesses to connect with our ever growing global network. With the UK simplifying travel and accepting international vaccination certificates, we’ve seen a big surge in demand as people have been a lot more confident in booking trips for the coming months and further ahead, be it for business, a winter sun escape or to visit family and friends. Gatwick has long been a valued partner for Emirates and we look forward to welcoming passengers back onboard an Emirates flight soon.’

Stephen King, Head of Airline Relations, Gatwick Airport said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Emirates back to Gatwick in December. Emirates has been a hugely popular airline for Gatwick passengers and it’s fantastic that we are once again able to offer passengers across London and the South East the opportunity to connect with Dubai and beyond.’

The addition of London Gatwick Airport to flight schedules in December will restore Emirates’ UK operations to six gateways, alongside the six times daily A380 London Heathrow service; double daily A380 flights to Manchester, ten weekly service to Birmingham, daily service to Glasgow, and four weekly service to Newcastle. By the end of December, the airline will offer 84 weekly flights to the UK, making it easier for UK travellers to reach a global network of over 120 destinations, and for international travellers to visit the UK.

With UK announcing it will accept vaccination certificates from 55 countries including the UAE from 4 October, vaccinated travellers arriving in the UK no longer need to self-isolate.

Emirates to restart flights to Newcastle in October, expands UK operations

As international travel begins to resume, Emirates is planning to restart flights to Dubai from Newcastle Airport (NCL) from October 15.

The UAE-based airline will resume services to its North-eastern hub with four weekly flights, all operated by B777 aircraft, across two classes. The first flight, EK033, will depart Dubai International (DXB) at 1430 and arrive in Newcastle (NCL) at 1910, while flight EK034 will depart Newcastle at 2110 and arrive in Dubai the following day at 0725. All times are local, and flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Emirates has also announced plans to scale up its operations to and from London Heathrow (LHR) in a phased manner that will see it offering a six times daily operation – with five A380 services – from the airport by the October 31. Emirates’ EK005/006 service to Heathrow will be upgraded from a B777 to the A380 from October 15 and an additional B777 service to Heathrow (EK031/EK032) will be added from the same date. Flight EK031/EK032 will then be upgraded to A380 from October 31.

Richard Jewsbury, Divisional Vice President UK at Emirates commented, ‘We’re incredibly pleased to resume Emirates flights to and from Newcastle, helping reconnect communities and businesses in the North East with Emirates’ extensive global network. Since the UAE moved to the UK’s ‘amber list’ we’ve seen huge demand from passengers eagerly making travel plans – whether it’s to see family and friends, for education, business, or a long-awaited holiday. We look forward to welcoming passengers back onboard an Emirates flight soon.’

Nick Jones, Chief Executive of Newcastle Airport said, ‘We are delighted that Emirates has brought forward its return to Newcastle International Airport and the North East with four weekly flights throughout the winter starting from the 15th October. A change of flight times to an evening departure will mean passengers can maximise their stay in Dubai whether on holiday or business whilst also ensuring connectivity to worldwide destinations via the Emirates network.’

With the expanded services, by the end of October, the airline will offer 77 weekly flights to the UK, including the six times daily London Heathrow operation; double daily A380 flights to Manchester, a ten weekly service to Birmingham, a daily service to Glasgow, and a four weekly service to Newcastle. The increase in operations will make it easier for UK travellers to access Emirates’ growing global network of 120 destinations.

Air Charter Service announces direct charter flights from Bristol to Dubai and Seychelles for Easter 2022

In association with Air Seychelles and Bristol Airport, Air Charter Service has announced a short series of flights from Bristol direct to Dubai with an onward service to the Seychelles for next Easter.

The charter flights service will coincide with Easter and the early May bank holiday for 2022.

Caroline Wood, Air Charter Service’s Group Travel Services Director, commented on the partnership: ‘With British travellers desperate to get away and experience something a little different, this flying programme offers just that, and we have purposely timed it to coincide with Easter and the May Bank holiday next year. Air Seychelles’ modern A320neo aircraft offer 3 classes of comfort on these flights; a Premium Club Cabin, the innovative ‘Economy Space’ offering – which includes a blocked middle seat (ideal for couples) and standard Economy Class. From Bristol, passengers can choose to fly directly into Dubai Al Maktoum or continue on to Mahe in the Seychelles. These exciting trips are the first flights to the Middle East and Indian Ocean from Bristol and open up a new opportunity for a convenient regional departure.’

Shaun Browne, Head of Airline Relations at Bristol Airport, said: ‘This is a truly exciting project for Bristol Airport, opening up our region to new destinations is one of our primary goals. We are thrilled Air Seychelles will be offering direct flights from Bristol Airport to Dubai and the Seychelles for the first time and thank Air Charter Service for taking the initiative to offer these exciting destinations from the South West – it’s been a triumph of teamwork. We continue to work with Air Charter Service and Air Seychelles with the vision to offer other exciting destinations for the future.’

Charles Johnson, Chief Commercial Officer at Air Seychelles, said: ‘We are delighted to be operating this exciting flying programme in conjunction with Air Charter Service – one which marks our inaugural operation from Bristol Airport. Passengers will be able to fly directly to Dubai, and then continue their journey onto the Seychelles – two destinations known for sun and shopping! We operated many flights with Air Charter Service last year as they helped our aircraft to keep on flying throughout the pandemic. We will be configuring our aircraft to provide additional comfort to the passengers and our friendly crew are looking forward to welcoming passengers on board their flights to the Middle East and the stunning islands of the Seychelles next April and May.

Wood added: ‘The Bristol to Dubai and Seychelles flying programme is the first of many exciting and unique seat-only offerings aimed at specific markets and experiential travel which Air Charter Service will be selling and promoting via our travel trade partners. We’d be delighted to discuss the opportunity to partner with both travel agents and tour operators to sell our products.

Emirates to resume services to London Heathrow and Paris

Emirates has said that its A380 aircraft will begin serving travellers on flights to London Heathrow and Paris, starting from July 15.

This follows the announcement earlier in the week that Dubai will re-open to business and leisure visitors from July 7, with new air travel protocols that facilitate travel for UAE citizens, residents and tourists.

Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ chief operating officer, said: ‘The A380 remains a popular aircraft amongst our customers and it offers many unique on-board features. We are delighted to bring it back into the skies to serve our customers on flights to London and Paris from 15 July, and we are looking forward to gradually introduce our A380 into more destinations according to the travel demand on specific destinations. The Emirates A380 experience remains unique in the industry, and even though we’ve modified services onboard for the health and safety of our crew and customers, we are confident that our customers would welcome flying again in this quiet, comfortable aircraft.’

In addition, Emirates has announced that it will commence flights for travellers to Dhaka from June24, and Munich from July 15. Flights to Dhaka and Munich will be operated with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, and can be booked on emirates.com or via travel agents.

Emirates currently offers flights to over 40 cities, with connections through its Dubai hub for customers travelling between the Asia Pacific, the Gulf, Europe and the Americas.

Emirates has implemented a set of measures to ensure the safety of its customers and employees on the ground and in the air, including the distribution of complimentary hygiene kits containing masks, gloves, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes to all customers. More information on these measures and the services available on each flight is available at: www.emirates.com/yoursafety.

Customers are further reminded that due to travel restrictions, travellers will only be accepted on flights if they comply with the eligibility and entry criteria requirements of their destination countries. Visitors to Dubai should hold an international health insurance policy covering illness from Covid-19 for the duration of their stay. More information is available at www.emirates.com.