The world’s largest international airline will resume services to its North-eastern hub with four weekly flights following the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Emirates will restart the weekly flights to Newcastle all operated by B777 aircraft, across two classes, from October 15.
The first flight, EK033, will depart Dubai International (DXB) at 2.30pm and arrive in Newcastle (NCL) at 7.10pm, while flight EK034 will depart Newcastle at 10.10pm and arrive in Dubai the following day at 7.25am (all times are local, and flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday).
Emirates has also announced plans to scale up its operations to and from London Heathrow (LHR) in a phased manner that will see it offering a six times daily operation – with five A380 services – from the airport by October 31.
By the end of October, the airline will offer 77 weekly flights to the UK, including the six times daily London Heathrow operation; double daily A380 flights to Manchester, a ten weekly service to Birmingham, a daily service to Glasgow, and a four weekly service to Newcastle.
The increase in operations is hoped to make it easier for UK customers to access Emirates’ growing global network of 120 destinations – close to 90% of Emirates’ pre-pandemic network.
Richard Jewsbury, Divisional Vice President UK at E mirates said: “We’re incredibly pleased to resume Emirates flights to and from Newcastle, helping reconnect communities and businesses in the North East with Emirates’ extensive global network.
“Since the UAE moved to the UK’s ‘amber list’ we’ve seen huge demand from passengers eagerly making travel plans – whether it’s to see family and friends, for education, business, or a long-awaited holiday.
“We look forward to welcoming passengers back onboard an Emirates flight soon.”
Nick Jones, Chief Executive of Newcastle Airport said: “We are delighted that Emirates has brought forward its return to Newcastle International Airport and the North East with four weekly flights throughout the winter.
“A change of flight times to an evening departure will mean passengers can maximise their stay in Dubai whether on holiday or business whilst also ensuring connectivity to worldwide destinations via the Emirates network.”
With the UAE having moved onto the UK’s ‘amber’ list for travel, travellers arriving in the UK from Dubai no longer need to self-isolate providing they have been fully vaccinated in the UK, EU or US. The latest travel requirements to the UK are available here.
Emirates has resumed operations between the UK and Dubai, and since the UAE was added to the amber list, has seen a surge in bookings.
An Emirates spokesperson said: “Emirates’ hub, Dubai, remains one of the world’s most popular holiday and stopover destinations.
“Other destinations which have seen passenger booking increases for future travel are Bangkok, Seychelles and the Maldives.
“We also continue to see passenger flows to destinations such as Australia and New Zealand with Emirates helping to reconnect people with their families and loved ones.”
Customers holding tickets issued before September 30 2020 for travel before December 31 2021, can now rebook to travel anytime within 36 months, an extension of 12 months from the previous policy.
Those holding tickets issued after October 1, 2020 for travel before December 31, 2021, can utilise their tickets anytime within 36 months from the date of their original booking.
For more information, visit: https://www.emirates.com/ae/english/help/covid-19/ticket-options/.