As more tourists are attracted to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubai-based Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad, two major Middle East airlines, are going to expand their operations in-and-out of the country to meet the growing passengers demand. The possibility of increased air services will help promote increased tourism. In 2018, Emirates and Etihad have increased flights to Canada’s largest city, Toronto, from three to five weekly services through a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft operated by Etihad’s and an Airbus A380 of Emirates. Now the carriers will add some more major cities to their list in 2019.
Dubai’s flagship airline Emirates plans to add Porto to its portfolio of routes and upgrade its Glasgow service to A380 in 2019.What’s more, the air company announced it will operate a scheduled A380 service into Amman, Jordan between June 1 and October 26 of this year on one of the three daily flights, as flights EK903/904.
UAE national carrier Etihad Airways launched its first ever scheduled route between Abu Dhabi and Baku, Azerbaijan in 2018 operating an Airbus A320; this is the only scheduled service linking the two capitals; then had also gone on to operate a fourth daily service between Abu Dhabi and Cairo, Egypt last year using one of their Boeing 787-9’s citing an increased demand on the route; followed by having increased its Airbus A380 service to Paris-Charles de Gaulle with a second daily flight from Abu Dhabi. Most recently, Etihad announced that it will add extra London Heathrow flights, from three to four daily services operated by a two-class Boeing 787-9, in April this year.
Etihad and Emirates, operating out of Abu Dhabi (AUH) and Dubai International airport (DXB) respectively, are among the best airlines in the world and are famous for devoting extra attention to their customers’ wellbeing and comfort. In fact, the two UAE owned airlines are renowned for their quality hospitality, comfortable seats and inflight entertainment.
Rumor: Emirates taking over Etihad, it’s not going to happen, at least for now! While the merger is not happening anytime soon, this would however involve ultimately a complete restructure of the entire route network if the takeover ever did occur in the future. Emirates, in particular, believes that if such thing would materialize, it could turn out as a positive thing for everyone with a cooperation and, ultimately, a partnership that would end up in more meaningful options for those wanting to travel into and out of the UAE.
As for other aviation news in the UAE, Dubai-based carrier flydubai announced that it will begin flights to the Hungarian capital of Budapest with daily flights set to begin on June 27 in addition to the current flights being offered by Emirates and to Naples in Italy from June 4. As flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith states: “These destinations provide our passengers with more choice on our network while reaffirming our commitment to the vision set by us to create free flows of tourism and strengthen direct air links with the UAE.” Both routes will operate from Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3.
Did you know about the Emirates and Flydubai partnership? “There are 83 destinations currently available under the Emirates-Flydubai codeshare, and that’s set to reach 240 by 2022,” as Arabianbusiness.com mentioned.