Emirates is expanding its operations in response to a surge in travel demand across its network.
The decision comes on the heels of recent revelations that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would be included to the UK’s amber list.
Simultaneously, the UAE has relaxed entry requirements for 12 nations, including South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Afghanistan.
In accordance with the relaxation of restrictions, the airline would restore capacity on roughly 270 flights across 29 cities on its network.
By October, the airline will have 73 weekly flights to the United Kingdom, including a six-times-a-day London Heathrow operation, double-daily A380 flights to Manchester, ten weekly flights to Birmingham, and daily flights to Glasgow.
Emirates will begin servicing London Heathrow with three daily flights beginning today, all of which will be handled by its flagship A380.
Throughout August and September, Emirates will progressively expand its flights to London Heathrow, and by the middle of October, the carrier will have resumed six daily flights, four of which will be served by the A380.
Emirates already operates over 70 weekly flights to 12 destinations in the United States, and will increase frequencies to Houston, Boston, and San Francisco throughout August to handle the seasonal influx of travelers.
From August 13th, the airline will also increase capacity on its four weekly flights to New York JFK to its flagship A380, expanding travel alternatives for customers connecting to/from the major US metropolis from across the company’s network.
Emirates has boosted daily flights to Johannesburg to 11 weekly flights, with the addition of four connecting flights to Durban, and the carrier also flies to and from Cape Town three times per week.
In addition, the airline has reestablished capacity on its flights to and from Lusaka (via Harare) and Entebbe, with five weekly flights each.