The increase in flights follows Emirates’ return to Gatwick in December 2021
Emirates has expanded its Gatwick service, offering double daily flights connecting people and businesses across the South of England with its global network.
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 and return flight EK010 will depart at 20:25, arriving in Dubai (DXB) 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 (local time).
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 seats.
The expansion of the service comes after the reopening of Emirates’ lounge open to First and Business Class passengers at Gatwick in January 2022.
Richard Jewsbury, divisional vice president at Emirates UK said: “We’ve 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. 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 at Gatwick Airport added: “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 daily A380 London Heathrow services, twice 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 twice daily service to Gatwick.
The increase in operations will make it easier for UK customers to access Emirates’ growing global network of 120 destinations, which is close to 90% of Emirates’ pre-pandemic network
Health and safety remains a priority. Emirates has introduced a comprehensive set of safety measures and contactless technology, and scaled up its digital verification capabilities to provide customers more opportunities to utilise the IATA Travel Pass, which can now be used across airports served by Emirates.