MIAMI – Middle East giant Emirates (EK) is on a spree to ramp up operations to cover 90% of its pre-pandemic network by the end of July. The airline plans to operate 880 weekly flights to 124 cities in its network as travel restrictions ease in most parts of the world.

Emirates chairman and chief executive said, “Emirates is committed to keeping Dubai, businesses, and communities around the world connected, and we are working hard to rebuild our network and secure access to more destinations in partnership with various authorities and stakeholders.”

“We are encouraged by the latest developments as many countries have begun to turn the page and reopen for international visitors, and we are seeing strong signs of pent-up demand wherever restrictions have eased, ”  Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed.”

Emirates A380. Photo: Fabrizio Spicuglia/Airways

New Flights and Destinations

Emirates will resume flights to these seven cities in July.

  • Venice (VCE) – 1 July onwards
  • Phuket (HKT), Nice (NCE), Orlando (MCO), and Mexico City (MEX) – 2 July onwards
  • Lyon (LYO) on 9 July onwards and Malta (MLA) – 14 July onwards
  • Miami (MIA), Florida – 22 July onwards

The middle eastern carrier will also operate 70 weekly flights to these US cities as well, Boston, Chicago, New York (A380), Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles (A380), San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, and Orlando.

A big breakthrough emerged a couple of days after these announcements were made, that is when the UAE government lifted the travel ban on India.  The airline is scheduled to start operations with the Indian subcontinent from 23 June. India has been Emirates’s largest market in terms of passenger demand, with the revival of this sector, the airline can confidently expect to hit the 90% pre-pandemic target.

Emirates A380. Photo: Luca Flores/Airways

The Airbus A380 Boost

The airline plans to activate 30 more Airbus A380 and deploy them to the following cities this summer, Cairo, Jeddah, Amman, Guangzhou, London Heathrow, Manchester, Frankfurt, Vienna, Paris, Munich, Moscow, New York JFK, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Toronto. Bringing back the A380 into service is an important part of Emirates recovery, as the aircraft has been the backbone of the airline and also their signature product offering.

Although the airline posted its worse annual loss in more than three decades, it doesn’t stop the companies’ ambitious plans to recapture its global reputation and position. All passengers flying out of Dubai (DXB) can take advantage of the contactless technology right from check-in to take-off. The airline plans to increase the use of its digital verification capabilities, allowing its passengers to utilize the “IATA Travel Pass” this summer.

Featured image: Emirates Airbus A380 A6-EOA in Expo 2020 Livery. Photo: Alberto Cucini/Airways