Emirates is expanding its Gatwick service today, offering double daily flights connecting people and businesses across the South of England with its growing global network.
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Since the start of the year, UK bookings from Gatwick alone have more than doubled.
The increase in services at Gatwick follows the quick restart of operations to Emirates’ hubs across the UK as the airline continues to respond to the lifting of international travel restrictions around the world. Flight EK09 will land at Gatwick at 18:25 today and return flight EK010 will depart at 20:25, arriving in Dubai (DXB) tomorrow at 07:20. This service joins the existing Flight EK015 landing at Gatwick at 11:40 and return flight EK016, departing at 13:35 and arriving in Dubai at 00:40 (all times local).
The introduction of the second daily Gatwick service takes Emirates’ total UK weekly flights to 91. Gatwick is being served by both the Boeing 777 and the A380 widebody aircraft, offering passengers a choice between First, Business Class and Economy.
The expansion of the service also comes after the reopening of Emirates’ lounge at Gatwick in January, which is open to First and Business Class passengers.
Richard Jewsbury, Divisional Vice President at Emirates UK commented: “We have seen a considerable uptick in demand for international travel in recent weeks, particularly from the South East and are pleased to be expanding our operations from Gatwick. Emirates is fully committed to the UK and we have operated flights from the airport for over 30 years, providing vital connectivity to Dubai and across our international network for passengers travelling for business, leisure or to visit loved ones. The route has also carried billions of pounds worth of cargo into and out of the region - supporting UK businesses of all shapes and sizes.”
Stephanie Wear, VP of Aviation Development, Gatwick Airport said: “We were delighted in December with Emirates’ return to Gatwick and this expansion of the service is testament to the success of operations here. The double daily flights to Dubai will open up a fantastic range of destinations in Asia, Africa and beyond to tourists and businesses across the south-east.”
Emirates currently offers a six times daily A380 London Heathrow service, double daily A380 flights to Manchester, a 10-weekly service to Birmingham, a daily service to Glasgow, a four-weekly service to Newcastle and now a double daily service to Gatwick.
The increase in operations will make it easier for UK customers to access Emirates’ growing global network of 120 destinations - close to 90% of Emirates’ pre-pandemic network.