Emirates is embarking on a major expansion of its route network with three additional destinations to be launched in the next six months, on top of the 12 new routes already being rolled out in 2012.
From Sept. 1, Emirates will launch four weekly flights to Adelaide, rising to a daily service from Feb. 1.
Adelaide will be the airline’s fifth destination in Australia, which is currently served with 70 flights per week.
The airline’s current double-daily service to Perth will grow to 19 weekly flights from Dec. 1, becoming a triple daily operation from March 1 next year. On the western side of the globe, the French city of Lyon will be added to the Emirates’ network from Dec. 5, the carrier’s third point in France after Paris and Nice. Emirates will operate five weekly flights to this vibrant economic and tourism center of southeastern France.
From Feb. 6, Emirates will begin flights into Poland, where recently the World Bank predicted the highest economic growth in the Central and Eastern European region. The airline will operate a daily service to the capital, Warsaw.
“Emirates is currently in a concentrated and sustained period of global expansion,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline & Group.
“The addition of Adelaide to our network and the boost to our Perth operations demonstrates our commitment to investment and growth in our Australian operations and highlights the economic strength and global demand for the two cities as business, leisure and investment destinations. We will also grow capacity to Melbourne with the introduction of daily A380 services in October, in addition to our existing double-decker flight into Sydney.”
“Our increased operations into France, linking with Lyon, comes on the heels of announcing a second A380 service into Paris from Jan. 1,” Sheikh Ahmed added.