Dubai-based Emirates Airline has announced plans to launch a third daily service to Lebanon’s capital city Beirut from October 1.
The additional service will increase its total number of weekly flights serving Lebanon to 21, the airline said.
The third daily flight will be operated by the 267 seat A340-300 in a three class configuration.
EK 955 will depart Dubai at 2055hrs arriving in Beirut at 0005hrs the next day. EK 956 will leave Beirut at 0200hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0710hrs.
Timings have been scheduled to facilitate onward connections from Dubai to US destinations such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago and to Australian points like Sydney and Melbourne.
Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, divisional VP, Commercial Operations Centre said: “Emirates’ expanded schedule from Beirut will offer enhanced connectivity for our customers when travelling onwards to destinations in the United States and Australia, where many of the major Lebanese communities can be found.
“The third flight’s timings will also increase connectivity to key African points in our network.”
Emirates, which flies to around 145 destinations in 80 countries worldwide, has been rapidly expanding its network, and is expected to receive over 20 new aircraft this year to keep pace with operations.
Earlier this month, the airline also announced that its net profit for the financial year ended March 31, 2015, rose 40 per cent to reach Dhs4.56 billion, driven by lower oil prices.