Brisbane to get double-daily Dubai service from Emirates
In an expansion of capacity between Europe and Brisbane, Emirates has announced that it will move to double-daily flights between Dubai (DXB) and BNE, increasing the number of tourists flying into Queensland.
It currently operates a daily A380 service to Brisbane. From June, this will be joined by an additional daily B777-300ER with 354 seats. The expansion will boost capacity through Brisbane by more than a quarter of a million seats per year both ways.
“This is a huge vote of confidence in the Brisbane and Queensland market,” according to Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO of Brisbane Airport Corporation.
“It effectively doubles overnight the Emirates capacity between the two cities, delivering more seats for major Middle East and European markets. In terms of rebuilding what was lost by covid, this is a significant brick in the wall.
“In October we will celebrate 20 years since Emirates began flying into Brisbane. Through the depths of the pandemic, the airline continued to provide a lifeline to repatriate Australians and enable crucial Queensland exports to continue.”
The expansion has been secured under the $200 million joint State Government and industry Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, which was created to boost Queensland’s tourism economy.
Queensland’s acting premier, Steven Miles, welcomed the injection of passenger and freight capacity by Emirates.
“The extra service is estimated to provide an additional 730 direct and indirect jobs for the state,” enthused Miles.