Emirates has stated that beginning December 16, 2021, it would increase capacity on flights between Dubai and Brisbane.
Following the achievement of the state of Queensland’s goal of ensuring that 80 percent of the population had received a double dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine, local government prohibitions on overseas travel were eased.
The airline also claimed that effective February 5, 2022, it will restart flights to Perth for fully-vaccinated passengers, according to the notification made on December 16, 2021.
This announcement came just days after Western Australia announced that its borders will open on the same date.
A Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will be used to fly EK 340 from Dubai to Brisbane in a three-class configuration. Emirates will also enhance its weekly capacity on flights to Brisbane, increasing the frequency of flights EK430/431 between Dubai and Brisbane to five times weekly as of January 1, 2022, with the possibility of further increases depending on demand.
The airline also intends to expand the frequency of flights between Dubai and Perth (flight numbers EK420/421) to five times weekly.
“Emirates is excited to increase our inbound capacity to Brisbane and Perth as part of the continued return of international travel across the country. As the demand for international travel grows by the day, we’re offering greater connectivity for eligible Australians looking to return home and be reunited with their loved ones,” Barry Brown, Emirates Divisional Vice President for Australasia said.
Brown continued: “This comes as we’re celebrating 25 years of flying to Australia and have already increased our services to Sydney and Melbourne and brought back our flagship A380 to serve our customers traveling into and out of New South Wales.”
Passengers planning to travel to Western Australia (Perth) should review the arrival requirements here, while those planning to go to Queensland (Brisbane) should consult the Queensland Government website for arrival laws and requirements.