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No Summer Leave For Emirates’ A380s

No Summer Leave For Emirates’ A380s

Emirates’ superjumbos may hold the key to the conundrum posed by Dubai Airports’ 80-day runway programme next summer.

The airline, which currently has 34 A380s in operation and an additional 56 on the way, is looking to deploy the popular aircraft on more routes to make up for capacity and scheduling shortfalls. Around a quarter of Emirates’ services will be dropped between May 1 and July 20.

High density routes such as Dublin, currently served by a Boeing 777-300ER, could be upgraded.

Business and leisure passengers travelling during this period will need to plan ahead though as overall capacity is reduced across the network.

Double daily services, such as Amsterdam, Cape Town and Moscow, will be served by a solitary flight and the disruption extends to GCC routes with Bahrain, for example, reduced from 21 to 13 flights weekly.

The disruption also has implications for Emirates’ partner Qantas, which is “lobbying hard” to retain all 28 weekly landing slots into Dubai, reports The Age newspaper.

Last week Emirates started daily services to Stockholm on Boeing 777-200LR aircraft.

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