Emirates eyes substantial recovery by winter

Emirates eyes substantial recovery by winter

The carrier is hoping to increase its capacity to 70% of pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year

According to the airline’s chief commercial officer, Adnan Kazim, Emirates plans to recover 70% of its capacity by the winter season, banking on Expo 2020 Dubai, Covid-19 vaccination campaigns and the reopening of international borders.

Emirates is boosting its capacity as it rebuilds its global passenger network. Speaking about the airline’s recovery, Adnan Kazim said: “We already have a plan to get back to almost 70% of our capacity by winter ’21.”

The airline is currently running its entire Boeing 777 fleet, meaning that further capacity increases will mean that more Airbus A380s are likely to be brought out of storage.

Dubai is also optimistic about attracting business travellers and holidaymakers this year. In addition to Expo 2020, vaccination campaigns and relaxed travel restrictions,  the UAE is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Sharing his outlook for the rest of the year, Dubai Tourism chief executive officer Issam Kazim said: “We’re very optimistic about the numbers for the year because we have the Golden Jubilee celebration for the UAE’s formation and Expo in October, which should give us a great platform with so many events.”  

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