New service launches
Emirates plugs Middle East gap with Edinburgh flights
Emirates is to plug a gap in Edinburgh’s Middle East routes by launching a service to Dubai.
It will begin flights from October, providing a year-round service ahead of the withdrawal of Etihad’s Abu Dhabi route.
Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport said: “This is a fantastic announcement as we welcome another world-renowned airline to Scotland’s busiest airport.
“The route enhances our connectivity to the Middle East and further afield as we access that long-haul network, giving us greater access and choice than ever before. It also back fills the departure of Etihad even before that service ceases.”
Hubert Frach, a divisional senior vice president at Emirates, said: “We’re increasing our capacity to Scotland to meet growing demand, and by introducing a daily flight to Edinburgh, it will complement our current double daily flights between Dubai and Glasgow.”
Minister for Transport Humza Yousaf said: “This new route, between Edinburgh and Dubai, is excellent news, increasing Scotland’s connectivity and helping to promote the country around the globe.
“This new service will complement Emirates’ existing Scottish flights and shows the airline has great confidence in our aviation sector.”
Malcom Roughhead, chief executive of VisitScotland said that together with news that Hainan Airlines will fly between Beijing and Edinburgh from June, it showed that international airlines have a “strong commitment in investing in Scotland.”
The Emirates Boeing 777-300ER will be in a three class cabin configuration, with 8 private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 304 spacious seats in Economy Class.