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Dubai’s Emirates doubles services to Brisbane

The expansion will boost capacity through Brisbane by more than a quarter of a million seats per year both ways

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Emirates to operate second service to Brisbane from June 1

Emirates Airline will operate its second daily flight to and from Brisbane on a Boeing 777-300ER, starting June 1. The airline currently serves Brisbane with a daily A380 flight.

Emirates will complete 20 years of serving Brisbane, one of its four Australian gateways, in October this year.

With the additional service reinstated, Emirates will be back to operating at pre-pandemic levels in Brisbane. The expansion will boost capacity through Brisbane by more than a quarter of a million seats per year both ways.

Barry Brown, DiSVP Australasia at Emirates, said: “Our second daily service to Brisbane begins as we proudly celebrate 20 years of flying to the sunshine state. Not only will this service cater to the demand of Australians looking to travel overseas, but also welcome more travellers and tourists from Dubai and across our global network to enjoy Queensland, Australia’s tourism mecca.

“The additional service combined with our daily A380 to Brisbane means Emirates will offer almost 12,000 seats to and from Brisbane every week. This is another important milestone in the resumption of our Australian capacity and reaffirms our longstanding commitment to flying down under. We look forward to welcoming more Australians on board to enjoy the Emirates experience.”

Downward pressure on prices

“This is a huge vote of confidence in the Brisbane and Queensland market. It effectively doubles overnight the Emirates capacity between the two cities, delivering more seats for major Middle East and European markets. In terms of rebuilding what was lost by covid, this is a significant brick in the wall,” according to Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO of Brisbane Airport Corporation.

“These new flights will also help put downward pressure on airfares which have been elevated due to high demand and low supply,” added de Graaff.

With the additional frequency starting in Brisbane on June 1, Emirates will operate 49 weekly flights to Australia.

Emirates has been serving Australia for more than 25 years, transporting over 40 million passengers to and from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, and other destinations via its Dubai hub since 1996.

in other news, Emirates Airline has deployed its first A380, which was completely refurbished under the airline’s $2bn retrofit programme, on the Dubai-London Heathrow service on January 6. The fully refreshed A380 features 56 Premium Economy class seats on the main deck, with new colour palettes in the carpeting and wall panels.

Read: Emirates’ first retrofitted A380 flies to London Heathrow

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