Dubai-based Emirates announced that it will launch its fifth daily flight to Singapore from August 1, 2014, as the Asian country strengthens its position as a gateway hub for the airline.
The new service, operated via a 364-seat Boeing 777-300, will bring Emirates’ total number of flights between the two cities to 35 a week, with 28 non-stop services and seven flights via Colombo, it said in a statement. The airline also operates daily services from Singapore to Brisbane and Melbourne.
“The introduction of our fifth daily service between Dubai and Singapore is a reflection of the growing passenger demand for flights between these two important global business, trade and tourism hubs,” said Barry Brown, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president, Commercial Operations East.
“The increased frequency will give our customers greater flexibility in their travel plans allowing them to connect to other flights on Emirates’ extensive global network.”
Emirates began flights to Singapore in 1990 and the city has now emerged as an “important gateway” in the Far East and Australasia region, the airline said. It helps passengers connect to Melbourne, Brisbane, Colombo and Dubai, and onward to 35 destinations in Europe, nine destinations in the United States and more than 20 destinations in Africa.
Along with passengers, Emirates SkyCargo will also operate belly hold cargo space to help transport goods such as ship spare parts, mobile phones and various other electronic goods to and from Singapore.
Emirates has been expanding rapidly and has already launched services to three new destinations this year including Kiev, Taipei and Boston. It has also announced the start of services to Abuja and Kano, Nigeria (August 1), Chicago, USA (August 1), Oslo, Norway (September 2) and Brussels, Belgium (September 5).
The airline recently posted a 43 per cent rise in net profit for the financial year ended March 2014 to reach Dhs3.3 billion, thanks to higher revenues and lower fuel costs.