British Airways to resume daily flights to Abu Dhabi

British Airways is set to reintroduce daily flights to Abu Dhabi in April 2024, marking a return after a four-year absence.

Travelers can now make bookings for this route, which will link London Heathrow with the UAE’s capital year-round. Abu Dhabi, known for its impressive skyline, vibrant culture, desert vistas, pristine beaches, and world-class attractions, offers a diverse blend of culture, relaxation, and adventure to visitors.

To celebrate the relaunch, British Airways is offering special return fares starting from £449 for World Traveller (economy) class and £1,999 for Club World (business class). These fares are available for booking until November 12, 2023. Executive Club Members can also take advantage of Reward Seats starting at £100 plus 50,000 Avios.

The airline will operate the new route using a Boeing 787-9 aircraft during the summer of 2024, enhancing connectivity to the UAE, alongside its multiple daily flights to Dubai from Heathrow.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘Abu Dhabi is a unique destination that is making a very welcome return to our network. With a blend of beach, city and desert, it has everything our customers are looking for in a Middle Eastern trip, and we look forward to welcoming them back on board as we grow our footprint in the UAE.’

Maureen Bannerman, Abu Dhabi Airports Chief Commercial Officer, said: ‘We’re delighted to welcome British Airways back to Abu Dhabi International Airport, adding to the growing list of leading carriers set to use Terminal A as their operational base in Abu Dhabi. A luxurious new gateway to Abu Dhabi, Terminal A will open to the public from November 1st, offering state-of-the-art facilities for both passengers and airlines.’

Travelers interested in package deals can explore a variety of options from British Airways Holidays, which include ATOL protection, a 24-hour helpline, and a standard 23kg baggage allowance.

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 to resume double decker services to Birmingham and Glasgow in summer

Emirates has announced that it will expand its A380 operations with the iconic double-decker returning to Glasgow on March 26, 2023 and Birmingham on July 1, 2023.

The airline will also resume its second daily service to Stansted starting from May 1, 2023, using its wide-body Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with the ‘Game Changer’ First Class product. With the reintroduction of a second daily flight to Stansted, Emirates will strengthen its operations to London with 11 daily flights, including six times daily to London Heathrow and three times daily to Gatwick.

The Emirates A380 boasts unique on-board features such as the Onboard Lounge and First Class Shower Spa. Customers can also enjoy more than 5,000 channels of on-demand entertainment via the industry’s largest screens across all cabins.

The first Emirates A380 to be completely refurbished under the airline’s two billion dollar retrofit program was deployed on the Dubai-London Heathrow service earlier this month. The aircraft features Premium Economy cabin, and Emirates’ latest cabin interiors including lighter colour palettes in First and Business Class.

Emirates is the largest operator of Airbus A380, with more than 80 aircraft currently in active service. The airline first launched A380 operations to Birmingham in 2016 and Glasgow in 2019.

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 resumes flights from Newcastle

Emirates has said that it has resumed its Newcastle service, reconnecting people and businesses in the North East with its growing global network.

The Newcastle service follows the restart of operations to London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow over recent months as international travel resumed. The Newcastle service will operate four-times weekly and takes Emirates’ total UK weekly flights to 77.

The new Newcastle service is being served by a Boeing 777-300ER widebody aircraft, offering passengers a choice between First, Business Class and Economy cabins. The airport has announced the resumption of chauffeur services to and from Emirates’ Newcastle hub.

Richard Jewsbury, Divisional Vice President at Emirates UK commented, ‘We’re extremely pleased to see flights returning to and from Newcastle, responding to an increase in bookings across the UK since international travel was made far simpler. In over 10 years of operations, millions of people from the North East and beyond have enjoyed our unrivalled travel experience, and we look forward to welcoming more passengers back on board soon.’

Nick Jones, CEO of Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘Today marks a very important milestone in the recovery of the Airport and of international travel from the region. Emirates has operated flights from Newcastle International Airport since 2007, providing vital connectivity to Dubai and beyond for passengers travelling for business, leisure or to visit friends and family. The route has also carried billions of pounds worth of cargo into and out of the region – supporting businesses right across the North.

Dubai is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations and we are delighted that the return of the route today, with a new evening departure time, will provide another option for those looking for a well-deserved winter sun getaway from Newcastle.’

Emirates currently offers a six times daily A380 London Heathrow service, double daily A380 flights to Manchester, a ten-weekly service to Birmingham, a daily service to Glasgow, and a four-weekly service to Newcastle. By December, Emirates will offer a total of 84 UK weekly flights 84, as daily services return to London Gatwick Airport.

The increase in operations will make it easier for UK customers to access Emirates’ growing global network of 120 destinations – close to 90 percent of Emirates’ pre-pandemic network.

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.