Emirates Airline EK flights and destinations
Emirates Airline general information
See Emirates (airline code EK) page. Includes information about
- Emirates Airline Terminal 3 at Dubai Airport
- Emirates Airline visas to UAE
- Emirates Airline financial performance
- Skytrax World Airline Awards 2009
- Emirates Airline aircraft numbers
- Emirates Airline sponsorship deals
- Emirates Airline history and timeline
- Emirates Airline and Sri Lankan Airlines partnership
List of countries Emirates Airlines fly to - EK routes by country (incomplete)
- Algeria - Algiers (01 Mar 2013)
- America - see Canada, USA, South America
- Angola - Luanda
- Argentina - Buenos Aires (03 Jan 2012)
- Austria - Vienna
- Australia - Adelaide (01 Nov 2012), Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
- Bangladesh - Dhaka
- Brazil - Rio De Janeiro (03 Jan 2012), Sao Paulo
- Canada - Toronto
- China - Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai
- Czech Republic - Prague
- Cyprus - Larnaca
- Denmark - Copenhagen (01 Aug 2011)
- England - see UK
- France - Lyon (05 Dec 2012), Nice, Paris
- Germany - Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich
- Great Britain - see UK
- Greece - Athens
- Hong Kong - Hong Kong
- Holland - see Netherlands
- India -
- Indonesia - Jakarta
- Iraq - Bagdhad (13 Nov 2011), Basra, Erbil (12 Aug 2012)
- Ireland - Dublin (09 January 2012)
- Italy - Milan, Rome, Venice
- Japan - Osaka, Tokyo, Tokyo Haneda (03 Jun 2013)
- Korea - see South Korea
- Libya - Tripoli
- Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur
- Maldives - Male
- Malta - Malta
- Netherlands - Amsterdam
- New Zealand - Auckland, Christchurch
- Philippines - Manila
- Poland - Warsaw (06 Feb 2013)
- Portugal - Lisbon (09 July 2012)
- Russia - Moscow, St Petersburg (01 Nov 2011)
- Scotland - see UK
- Singapore - Singapore
- Spain - Barcelona (from 03 July 2012), Madrid
- South America - see Argentina, Brazil
- South Korea - Seoul
- Sri Lanka - Colombo
- Switzerland - Geneva (01 Jun 2011), Zurich
- Thailand - Bangkok, Phuket (10 Dec 2012)
- Turkey - Istanbul
- UK - Birmingham, Glasgow, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle
- USA - Dallas-Fort Worth (02 Feb 2012), Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle (01 Mar 2012), Washington DC (12 Sep 2012)
- Vietnam - Ho Chi Min City (04 Jun 2012)
To be added/updated: Africa, India, Middle East, Pakistan
List of Emirates Airlines EK flight destinations and cities from Dubai International Airport DXB
- Abidjan ABJ (2006)5
- Abu Dhabi AUH
- Addis Ababa (27 Mar 2006)
- Adelaide ADL, Australia (01 Nov 2012)
- Ahmedabad (28 Oct 2007)
- Alexandria HBE (15 May 2005, suspended 10 Sep 2008)
- Algiers ALG (01 Mar 2013)
- Amsterdam (01 May 2010)
- Athens (Jun 1996)
- Auckland AKL
- Baghdad (01 Jul 2010, delayed to 13 Nov 2011)
- Baku GYD (airport code was BAK)
- Bandar Abbas BND (cancelled 1991?)
- Bangalore (29 Oct 2006)
- Bangkok BKK (1991?)
- Barcelona BCN (03 Jul 2012)
- Basra (02 Feb 2011)
- Beijing (2006)
- Berlin (under consideration)
- Bombay (now Mumbai)
- Buenos Aires EZE (03 Jan 2012)
- Cairns, Australia (possible)
- Calcutta (now Kolkata)
- Calgary (speculation)³
- Calicut / Kozhikode (01 Jul 2008)
- Cape Town (30 March 2008)
- Cebu (CEB, possibly)
- Chicago (rumour, possible)
- Clark (Diosdado Macapagal International Airport DMIA CRK, possibly)
- Copenhagen CPH (planned but start date put off after Danish cartoon controversy, new launch date 01 Aug 2011)
- Dakar, Senegal (01 Sep 2010)
- Dallas/Fort Worth (02 Feb 2012)
- Damascus (suspended 29 Nov 2012)
- Dar es Salaam
- Darwin, Australia (possible)
- Dhaka DAC
- Dublin (09 Jan 2012)
- Durban DUR (01 Dec 2008 01 Oct 2009)
- Erbil, Iraq (12 Aug 2012)
- Geneva (01 Jun 2011)
- Gold Coast, Australia (possible)
- Guangzhou CAN (01 Jul 2008)
- Ho Chi Minh City SGN (suspended 1995?)
- Ho Chi Minh City (relaunch 04 Jun 2012)
- Harare (01 Feb 2012)
- Hong Kong
- Houston (03 Dec 2007)
- Kano (possibly)
- Khartoum (2007?)
- Kiev (rumour, possible)
- Kochi (2002)
- Kolkata / Calcutta (2006)
- Kozhikode / Calicut (01 Jul 2008)
- Kuala Lumpur (Oct 1996)
- Kuwait City
- Lilongwe (cargo only)
- Lisbon (09 Jul 2012)
- Los Angeles LAX (01 Sep 2008 26 Oct 2008)
- Luanda LAD (02 Aug 2009 25 Oct 2009)
- Lusaka (01 Feb 2012)
- Lyon (05 Dec 2012)
- Madrid MAD (01 Aug 2010)
- Medina/Madinah (02 Jul to 24 Sep 2010)
- Moroni HAH (suspended Jan 2000)
- Moscow-Domodedovo (2003)
- Nagoya NGO (03 Jun 2006, cancelled 28 Mar 2009)
- New Delhi
- New York-JFK
- Newcastle UK NCL (01 Sep 2007)
- Nice (via Rome, non-stop from 01 Dec 2008)
- Osaka-Kansai KIX
- Paris-Charles de Gaulle
- Peshawar (suspended)²
- Phnom Penh PNH (rumour, unlikely)
- Phuket HKT (10 Dec 2012)
- Prague (01 Jul 2010)
- Rome-Fiumicino (1992)
- Rio de Janeiro GIG (03 Jan 2012)
- San Francisco (26 Oct 2008 20 Nov 2008 15 Dec 2008)
- Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City)
- Sao Paulo GRU (01 Oct 2007)
- Seattle (01 Mar 2012)
- Seoul-Incheon ICN
- Seychelles (2005)
- Shanghai-Pudong PVG, China
- Singapore SIN
- St Petersburg (01 Nov 2011)
- Stuttgart (under consideration)
- Tehran-Imam Khomeini
- Thiruvananthapuram (2006)
- Tokyo (28 Mar 2010)
- Tokyo Haneda (03 Jun 2013)
- Toronto YYZ (29 Oct 2007)³
- Tripoli (suspended 22 Feb 2011, resume 29 Oct 2012)4
- Tunis (29 Oct 2006)
- Vancouver (speculation)³
- Venice (01 July 2007)
- Warsaw, Poland (06 Feb 2013)
- Washington DC (12 Sep 2012)
- Colombo (Male) - Male and Colombo code-share flights with Sri Lankan airlines no longer in operation.
- Peshawar - Peshawar flights diverted to Islamabad from mid August 2009 after rocket attacks at Peshawar Airport, and an explosion at the only 5 star hotel in Peshawar. Flights to resume in November 2009 (not confirmed)?
- Canada - 24 February 2010 Emirates Airlines press release about a study by InterVISTAS Consulting, a transportation and tourism consultancy, said that increasing Emirates Airlines flights to Canada would bring up to $480 million of economic benefit, 2800 jobs, and 275,000 additional passengers. Those figures would be if there were daily flights to Calgary and Vancouver, and if Toronto flights were increased to 2x per day.
- Tripoli - Emirates suspended flights to Tripoli in Libya according to an announcement on 22 February 2011 - "Due to the continuing unrest in Libya, flights will no longer go via Tripoli until further notice." Update 13 Aug 2012 - Emirates announced they would resume flights on 29 October 2012.
- Abidjan - EK flights to Abidjan (airport code ABJ), Cote D'Ivoire, cancelled/suspended from 01 April 2011 to 04, 10, 14, 24, 30 April, 15 May 2011 due to unrest in the country.
- Damascus, Syria - EK flights suspended from 29 Nov 2012 according to an Emirates statement, due to the unrest in Syria.
- 01 May 2012 (Associated Press report) - the Chairman of Emirates Airline, Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, was asked in an interview about further destinations in the USA - Q: You don’t fly to Chicago, Atlanta or Detroit, for example. Are those possibilities? A: Oh yeah. I think one day we’ll fly to Chicago, yes. Fly one day to Florida? Yes. Flying to other destinations? Yes, why not?
- 20 July 2010 - After Emirates placed an order for more 777 planes at the 2010 Farnborough Air Show, the
Executive Vice Chairman, Sir Maurice Flanagan, was reported by The National, 20 July 2010, as saying "We'd like to go to Kiev, St Petersburg and Chicago, ... "
- As of 09 February 2011 (press release), Emirates flies to 110 cities in 66 different countries in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Middle East, North America, South America
- As of 20 July 2010, Emirates has 150 aircraft, and flies to 103 cities in 63 different countries. It plans to increase that to 200 destinations and to increase workforce from 40,000 to 80,0000 employees by 2020.
Emirates EK Baggage Allowances
Emirates Business 24-7 reported on 24 January 2011 that an EK announcement dated 23 January 2011 said the "... extra baggage allowance of 10kg hitherto to economy class passengers on selected routes will be withdrawn with effect from February 1, 2011." Actual news release from EK not supplied or found. Baggage allowance details below based on EK information 01 March 2011, unknown if adjusted for reduction or not - they appear to be the same allowances as prior to the EK announcement. Assume actual allowances for economy class are 10 kg less than stated below unless you have official information to the contrary. EK website baggage FAQs says "Emirates has one of the world's most generous baggage policies. Economy Class customers can check in 30 kg, ..." (last checked 01 March 2011). But check the terms and conditions of your ticket carefully for any revised baggage allowances or other small print that will allow EK to sting you with excess baggage charges.
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- Checked baggage allowances: Economy Class 30kg (or maybe reduced to 20 kg from February 2011), Business Class 40kg, First Class 50kg. Except for USA, Canada and Brazil: baggage allowance is 2 pieces of not more than 23 or 32 kgs each depending on destination, class of travel, and Skywards membership tier, with a restriction on dimensions (see EK website for complete details).
- No single piece should weigh more than 32kg irrespective of class of travel, destination, allowance. Note that this is a Dubai Civil Aviation Authority regulation, not an EK rule.
- Sporting equipment accepted includes bodyboards, kayaks, kitesurfing equipment, pole vaults, skis (water and snow), snowboards, surfboards, windsurf boards. Length limitation is 3 meters (10 feet), or possibly up to 4m if you contact EK at least a week in advance of your flight.
- Bicycles, scuba gear, and other sports equipment also accepted but should be within weight allowance for that class of travel (although you're more likely to get away with being over the limit on EK than with many other airlines).
- One set of golf clubs and one pair of golf shoes accepted additional to the normal baggage allowance.
- Firearms and ammunition - might be accepted but check with EK, and be wary of what they say anyway. An American was arrested in Abu Dhabi in 2009 for transporting weapons related material (a gun cleaning kit apparently) even though he claimed he had permission from the airline. The National reported 17 June 2009 that He said the weapon was approved both by Philadelphia International Airport and Emirates Airline before he boarded the flight. The US Department of State website (travel.state.gov) says "U.S. citizens have been arrested and jailed for transporting such weapons and equipment without the express written authorization of the UAE government, even though airline and U.S. authorities allowed shipment on a U.S.-originating flight."
- Excess baggage charges are approximately (in 2011) AED 50-200 per kg depending on destination. Allow AED 50/kg for Middle East and India destinations from Dubai, AED 100/kg for Europe and Asia destinations, AED 200/kg for Australia and New Zealand, AED 700 per piece (not per kg) for destinations in North and South America. A 15% discount is available if you pre-book and pay excess baggage charges online. Probably not worth doing in our opinion since most of the time there is at least a 15% tolerance over the maximum allowance when checking in, unless you get a particularly grumpy check-in attendant, and/or EK decides to become stricter (hopefully not as a result of reading this).
Lost baggage claims with Emirates Airlines
- Lost luggage in our experience stays lost, and EK were entirely unhelpful in assisting us to reclaim the lost baggage.
- After two trips to the lost baggage counter (both times misinforming us about the procedure to reclaim the lost items), several unreturned phone calls to several different departments, and several unanswered emails to several different email addresses, we gave up.
- Our best suggestion is to check everything carefully on arrival, and if you have lost something (or something is damaged), do not leave the airport baggage claim area (we'll say that again: do not leave the airport baggage claim area) until you have a copy of a form that officially logs your lost property - our mistake was taking the word of the duty staff to contact another department by email or phone. The other department appeared to have procedures in place to lose your lost property complaints.
- On 08 April 2011, news media reported that an EK Service Supervisor was on trial at the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance for stealing passenger belongings in the Dubai Terminal 3 departure area. Allegedly he pressured travellers to leave excess baggage behind so he lift their goodies later. Gulf News reported that a police officer testified that "The informant also claimed that the suspect used to intentionally pressure some passengers to leave behind their excess luggage that cause them overweight. Then he would allegedly take the luggage for himself. We placed M.B. under observation to catch him red-handed..." The accused pleaded not guilty. The trial continues on 12 May 2011.
Emirates Airline baggage handling
- A BBC news report 03 June 2010 about a survey done by the LV insurance company, had Emirates Airlines as 3rd worst airline for baggage problems according to UK based travellers, with 1 in 9 having a problem.
- In first spot was British Airways with 1 in 4 passengers experiencing a problem. BA apparently said the statistic was "complete rubbish" which probably won't reassure the 25% of BA travellers who have suffered a bag problem.
Emirates Airline route and frequency changes
- Seychelles - increase to 7x week flights from 04 November 2010. Extra flight
on Thursdays - EK 705 depart Dubai DXB 0230, arrive SEZ 0700, EK 706 depart SEZ 0830, arrive DXB 1300 hours. Aircraft is Airbus A340-500 with 12 First, 42 Business, 258 Economy class seats (12 October 2010 press release).
- Tripoli, Libya - increase to 10x weekly flights from 01 November 2010 (previously 7x weekly). New flights EK743 depart DXB 1740, arrive Tripoli 2210 on Monday, Thursday, Saturday. Return flight EK744 depart Tripoli 0010, arrive DXB 0720 Tuesday, Friday, Sunday.
Wireless internet wi-fi connections on Emirates flights
- Emirates is introducing OnAir Wi-Fi on A380 aircraft during 2011 and 2012 (so far). Don't expect it to be cheap.
Emirates partner airlines and codeshare agreements (not a complete list)
With Partner Airlines, Skywards frequent flier members get air miles credited to their accounts when they fly on one of the partner airlines, which, as of February 2012, include:
- Alaska Airlines
- Japan Airlines
- Jet Airways
- Kingfisher Airlines
- Korean Air
- South African Airways
With codeshare agreements, airlines share bookings under the code of one airline (although a different airline might be used for some flights) to make it easier for passengers to book flights to a greater number of destinations on the same ticket.
- American Airlines
- Iberia - under consideration or discussion - EK President, Tim Clark was reported as saying "We have got under study other codeshares with other carriers such as TAP Air Portugal in Lisbon, Iberia in Spain ..." (Gulf News 11 June 2012).
- JetBlue - codeshare agreement with Emirates announced 20 April 2012 (press release) for passengers on EK flights to New York JFK connecting to Boston, Burlington, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando, Portland, Maine, Raleigh/Durham, Tampa, and Washington Dulles with JetBlue services EK and JetBlue have been interline partners since 2010.
- Philippine Airlines
- Qantas - possibly under discussion (as of June 2012 - see Emirates Airlines page). EK President, Tim Clark, was reported in the Gulf News 11 June 2012 as saying "But don’t forget, in 1996 when we started the route, we wanted to do codeshares with Qantas then but they didn’t want to do it then. And I think they are willing to do it now."
- South African Airways
- TAP Air Portugal - under consideration or discussion (see Iberia)
- Thai International
- V Australia - codeshare agreement announced 16 September 2009 for flights between Australia and New Zealand. Starting from 25 October 2009, V Australia code will be used on Emirates flights from Sydney to Christchurch, and Sydney to Auckland.
Emirates interline agreements - tickets can be booked and paid for with one carrier but use another carrier's routes. Interline partners mean it should be possible to check baggage right through to destination when changing from one carrier to another at a stopover or in transit. List below as of 20 April 2012.
ELECTRONIC INTERLINE CARRIER AGREEMENTS-EK, INTERLINE CARRIER CODES: AA - AB - AC - AF - AH - AI - AS - AT - AV - AY - AZ - A3 - A9 - BA - BD - BE - BI - BP - BR -
BT - B6 - CA - CI - CM - CO - CX - CY - CZ - DJ -
DL - DN - D3 - EI - ET - EY - FB - FI - FJ - FM -
FV - FZ - F9 - GA - GF - G3 - HG - HM - HR - IB -
IE - IG - IR - IT - IY - I5 - JJ - JL - JO - JP -
JQ - JU - J2 - KA - KC - KE - KK - KL - KM - KQ -
KU - LA - LG - LH - LO - LP - LX - MA - ME -
MH - MI - MK - MP - MS - MU - NH - NU - NW - NZ -
OA - OK - OS - OU - OV - OZ - PG - PR - PS - PU -
PW - PX - PZ - QF - QR - RJ - RO - SA - SB - SK -
SQ - SU - SV - SW - S7 - TG - TK - TM - TN - TP -
TU - T3 - UA - UL - US - U6 - U7 - VA - VK - VN -
VR - VS - VV - VX - V7 - WF - WS - WY - W3 - XL - YM - Z5 - 0O - 4M - 4Q - 8M - 9B - 9W
- Arik Air
- S7 (Siberian Airlines)
- Virgin Blue
Emirates A380 routes
Emirates planned to have 20 A380s in service by the end of 2010 but that has been revised to 15 (11 November 2009 report in Gulf News).
- Amsterdam (01 August 2012) - announced 16 February 2012. Flight EK147 departs DXB 0825 hrs, arrives AMS Schiphol 1330 hrs. Return flight EK148 departs AMS 1530 hrs, lands at DXB 2359 hrs.
- Athens (26 Oct 2012) - Flight EK105 departs DXB at 0855, arrives Athens at 1250. Flight EK106 departs Athens at 1640, arrives DXB at 2205 (press release 20 Oct 2012).
- Auckland (01 Feb 2009) (via Sydney)
- Bangkok (01 Jun 2009)
- Beijing, China (01 August 2010) - announced 01 March 2010 (press release), daily flight EK306 departing DXB 0410, arrive Beijing Capital International Airport PEK 1510, EK307 departs PEK 2355, arrives DXB 0420 next day.
- Hong Kong (01 Oct 2010) - announced 19 Aug 2010. A380 flight via Bangkok.
- Jeddah (01 Feb 2010)
- Johannesburg, South Africa (01 October 2011) - "The daily A380 service will start 1 October 2011" (press release 11 May 2011).
- Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) (starting 01 December 2011 - delayed to 01 January 2012) - announced 26 July 2011 press release. EK346 departs Dubai 0405 hrs, arrives KL 1455 hrs. EK347 departs KL 1930 hrs, arrives Dubai 2230 hrs.
- Kuwait - one demonstration flight only on 27 Feb 2011, EK857. Regular schedule possibly at some time in the future.
- London Heathrow (01 Dec 2008) - and from 10 Dec 2012 (brought forward from 01 February 2013), all 5 daily flights will be with an A380 (WAM news 01 Dec 2012).
- Manchester (start date 01 September 2010) - 517 seats on flights EK017 from Dubai (dep 0755) and EK018 from Manchester (dep 1410).
- Mauritius - special flight as part of the 45th anniversary celebrations of the independence of the Republic of Mauritius in March 2013. Flight EK701 will arrive in Mauritius at 0940, return flight EK702 will depart at 2320 (WAM 20 January 2013).
- Melbourne (starting 01 October 2012) - announced 21 December 2012, on the Dubai-Melbourne-Auckland route.
- Moscow (01 Dec 2012)
- Munich, Germany (start date 01 January 2012 - changed to 25 November 2011)
- New York (01 Aug 2008 - 01 June 2009), after June 2009, the double decker air bus will fly to Toronto and Bangkok, and a B777-300ER will take over on the DXB-JFK route. There were reports in 2009 that A380 might return to the New York route in early 2010, but it didn't. A Reuters 19 May 2010 report said the A380 would start New York flights again at the end of October 2010. From 01 January 2013, two flights per day operated by an A380 (WAM 01 Dec 2012).
- Paris (01 Feb 2010 29 December 2009) - Emirates has two flights per day from Dubai to Paris but will only use the A380 for the morning flight - EK073 departs DXB 0800, arrives CDG 1225 (press release 24 June 2009). Annoucement on 25 November 2009 that start date moved forward, but A380 only on 3 morning flights per week. From 01 January 2013, two flights per day operated with an A380 (WAM news 01 Dec 2012).
- Perth - from mid 2013 according to news reports 16-17 November 2012.
- Rome - unconfirmed rumour or story that A380 flights would launch to Rome by Jan 2010. They didn't. Update - regular A380 service to Rome will begin 01 December 2011 - EK97 departs Dubai 0910, arrives Rome 1235, EK98 departs Rome 1435, arrives Dubai 2305.
- Seoul (Nov 2009 14 December 2009)
- Shanghai (27 Apr 2011) - announced in 11 April 2011 press release. An A380 with 489 seats will fly 3x weekly direct (Sun, Wed, Fri). Flight EK302 departs DXB 0310 and arrives Shanghai Pudong International Airport (airport code PVG) 1530. Return flight EK303 departs PVG 2330 and arrives DXB next day at 0430.
- Singapore (Dec 2009 ... or 01 Dec 2012) - "The first A380 flight between Dubai and Seoul’s Incheon International Airport will depart in November, while the Singapore service will start in December and initially run four times weekly" (press release 18 Feb 2009). Update 19 Sep 2012 - EK will start flying A380 to Singapore from 01 December 2012. During September 2012 EK is "... operating a two week ad-hoc Airbus A380 service between Dubai and Singapore ..." (not clear what happened to the Dec 2009 start date).
- Sydney (01 Feb 2009)
- Tokyo (01 July 2012) - announced 21 December 2011.
- Toronto (01 Jun 2009)
Irregular or one-off A380 Emirates flights
- Berlin (delivery flight only) - a new EK A380 will be flown the Airbus plant at Hamburg-Finkenwerder to the ILA Berlin Airshow grounds in Berlin-Schoenefeld Airport for handover as the 10th Emirates A380 plane (WAM 07 June 2010). Date of flight 08 June 2010? ILA Berlin Airshow runs from 08-13 June 2010. HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group will be there to receive the keys.
- Birmingham (09 Sep 2009) - one flight only to celebrate Birmingham International Airport's 70th anniversary.
- Kuwait - one demonstration flight only on 27 Feb 2011, EK857.
- Milan - a one-off flight in July 2010 to unveil the new Fly Emirates AC Milan shirt.
- New Delhi, India - one flight only on 15 July 2010 to celebrate the opening of a new airport terminal but there are reportedly no plans to start a regular A380 service to New Delhi - Emirates has no immediate plan to start regular A380 service to New Delhi, said a spokeswoman for the Dubai-based airline who declined to be identified because of company policy - (Bloomberg 06 July 2010). Update: Then again, plans change ... Tim Clark, President of EK, reportedly said "We want to take the A380 to India. It would be hugely popular," (Bloomberg 19 July 2011), but Indian Government regulations as of the date of that report do not allow planes larger than a 747 to land at Indian Airports, possibly to help prop up Air India ... the same report said Nasim Zaidi, secretary at the Ministry of Civil Aviation, declined to comment when asked if the government was delaying A380 approvals to help Air India. An Air India spokesman declined to comment, and Air India Chairman Arvind Jadhav did not respond to two calls to his mobile phone, calls to his office and e-mailed questions.
- Rome - Emirates anounced a one-off A380 flight going to Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport in Rome to celebrate the airport's 50th anniversary, and also to celebrate the 150th year of Italian unification. EK97 departs Dubai at 0855 and lands in Rome at 1315 on 06 Jun 2011 (instead of flights EK 97 and EK 98). The return flight will be on 07 June 2011, departure time from Fiumicino at 1645, and arrival in Dubai at 0035 on 08 June 2011.
Emirates Airlines bus services from Abu Dhabi and Al Ain
- Emirates provides free buses to and from Abu Dhabi and Al Ain for EK passengers arriving at and departing from Dubai Airport Terminal 3.
- Travel time about 2 hours from AAN or AUH. Frequencies increased in August 2010 (15 Aug 2010 press release):
- Abu Dhabi departures 4x daily from Emirates Town Office, Corniche, Khalidiya, at 0330, 0930, 1600, 2130.
- Dubai to Abu Dhabi departure times from EK Terminal 3 at 0200, 0800, 1430, 2300.
- Al Ain departures 3x daily from Emirates Office, Emirates Commercial Complex, Khalifa Street at 0330, 1000, 2100.
- Dubai to Al Ain departure timings from T3 at 0200, 0800, 1430.
- Bus capacity 49 passengers, upgraded comfort levels in mid-2010.
Emirates Airline and FlyDubai connections
- Passengers can book their entire journey with Emirates if transferring to a Fly Dubai (FZ) flight to some FZ destinations (usually ones not served by EK).
- EK should arrange transfers between Terminal 2 (FZ) and Terminal 3 (EK) at Dubai International Airport, and boarding passes. Look for the Transfer Desk on arrival.
- EK baggage policy should apply for the entire journey (which might mean no being hit for the bag fees that FlyDubai charge travellers with more than a small cabin bag).
Emirates Airlines new routes in 2013
- Adelaide Australia - flight frequency increasing from 4x weekly to daily flights from 01 February 2013 (WAM 30 Jul 2012).
- Algiers, Algeria - daily non-stop flights from 01 March 2013 using an Airbus A330-200 with 3 classes. Flight EK757 departs DXB at 0845, arrives Houari Boumediene Airport in Algiers (airport code ALG) at 1330. Return flight EK758 leaves ALG at 1535, arrives DXB at 0055 (next day). Announced 13 Sep 2012.
- Paris, France - a second daily A380 service starting early 2013 (date not supplied). Flight EK075 departs DXB 1500 hrs, arrives Paris 1930 hrs. Flight EK076 departs Paris 2105 hrs, arrives DXB next day at 0640 hrs.
- Perth Australia - frequency increases to 3x daily from 01 March 2013 (WAM 30 Jul 2012).
- Tokyo Haneda Airport (Otaku) - daily flights starting 03 June 2013, operated by a three-class Boeing 777-200LR. Flight EK312 departs DXB at 0935, arrives Haneda Airport at 0001 (next day). Flight EK313 departs Haneda at 0130, arrives DXB at 0705 (WAM 28 Jan 2013).
- Warsaw, Poland - daily flights starting 06 February 2013 (WAM 30 Jul 2012). Flight EK179 departs Dubai at 0730, arrives Warsaw at 1045. Flight EK180 departs Warsaw at 1350, arrives Dubai at 2215. Aircraft used will be a three-class Airbus A330-200 with 237 seats.
Emirates Airlines new routes in 2012
- Adelaide, Australia - flights start 01 Nov 2012 4x weekly, daily flights from 01 Feb 2013 (WAM 30 Jul 2012). Flight EK440 from DXB to Adelaide? Aircraft used is a Boeing 777-300ER.
- Arbil, Iraq - see Erbil
- Barcelona, Spain - from 03 July 2012, daily flights, using a Boeing 777-300ER with 360 seats in 3 classes. Flight EK185 departs DXB at 0655 hrs, arrives Barcelona at 1200 hrs. Flight EK186 departs Barcelona at 1640 hrs, arrives DXB next day at 0100 hrs.
- Buenos Aires (via Rio de Janeiro), Argentina - daily flights, start date 03 January 2012. EK247 depart DXB 0705, arrive GIG (Rio de Janeiro) 1535, depart GIG 1720, arrive Ministro Pistarini/Ezeiza International Airport (airport code EZE) 1930. Return flight EK248 depart EZE 2130, arrive GIG 0120 next day, depart GIG 0255, arrive DXB 2235. Aircraft type Boeing 777-300ER with 8 First Class Suites, 42 Business class lie-flat seats, and 304 Economy class seats (press release 06 April 2011).
- Dallas/Fort Worth, USA - daily flights to start 02 February 2012 to DFW International Airport. Flight EK 221 departs DXB 0245, arrives DFW 0905 same day. Flight EK222 departs DFW 1150, arrives DXB 1220 next day. Flight time approximately 16 hours each way (press release 28 September 2011).
- Dublin, Ireland - daily flights to start 09 January 2012 (reported 09 September 2011)
- Erbil, Iraq (Arbil) - starting 12 August 2012 with flights 4x weekly to Erbil International Airport (airport code EBL), changing to daily flights from 01 September 2012. Aircraft used will be Airbus 340-300 with 267 seats in 3 classes, and over 13 tonnes cargo capacity. Flight EK949 departs DXB at 0430 on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and arrives EBL at 0630 hrs. Return flight EK950 departs EBL 0800, arrives Dubai 1140 (press release 20 June 2012).
- Harare (01 February 2012)
- Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - non-stop daily flights start 04 June 2012. Service uses Airbus 330-200 with 27 Business Class seats and 251 Economy Class seats. Flight EK390 departs DXB at 0915, arrives Tan Son Nhat International Airport (airport code SGN) at 1935. Return flight EK391 departs SGN 2110, arrives DXB 0105 next day.
- Lisbon, Portugal - from 09 July 2012, daily flights serviced by Boeing 777-200ER aircraft
- Lyon, France - flights start from 05 December 2012 with 5x weekly flights (WAM 30 Jul 2012).
- Lusaka (01 February 2012)
- Madrid, Spain - flight frequency to increase from 1x to 2x daily from 01 July 2012.
- Perth, Australia - frequency increasing from 2x daily to 19x weekly from 01 December 2012 (WAM 30 Jul 2012).
- Phuket, Thailand - daily flights starting 10 Dec 2012, announced 02 Aug 2012. Flight EK378 departs DXB 1245 hrs, arrives Phuket International Airport (airport code HKT) 2155 hrs. Return flight EK 379 departs 0035 hrs, arrives DXB 0435 hrs.
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - daily flights start 03 January 2012. EK 247 DXB-GIG departure 0705, arrival 1535 at Galeão Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport (airport code GIG). Return flight EK248 departs GIG 0255, arrives DXB 2235. Aircraft type Boeing 777-300ER (press release 06 April 2011).
- Seattle, USA - flights to commence on 01 March 2012 (announced 28 September 2011).
- Vienna, Austria - EK plans to introduce double daily flights from 27 March 2011 pending resolution of a disagreement with the Austrian authorities. EK said on 23 March 2011 "Talks continue with the Austrian authorities to resolve a technical disagreement concerning the air services agreement between the UAE and Austria and our additional flights, which passengers have booked on, Emirates has invested in promoting and hired new staff for ..." which sounded rather vague. EK flights to Vienna first started in 2004.
- Washington DC, USA - Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) daily flights starting 12 September 2012, using a Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft with 8 private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat beds in Business Class, 304 seats in Coach (Economy Class). Flight EK 231 departs Dubai (DXB) 0220, arrives IAD at 0850. Flight EK 232 departs IAD at 1055, arrives DXB 0800 next day (press release 15 March 2012).
Emirates Airline new routes in 2011
- Bagdhad (Iraq) - from 13 November 2011 (delayed from 01 July 2010). Announced 14 June 2011. EK941 depart DXB 0755 arrive Baghdad International Airport (IATA code SDA) 0940. EK492 depart Baghdad 1135, arrive Dubai 1455. Flights 4x weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday using an Airbus A330 aircraft.
- Basra (Iraq) - from 02 February 2011 (announced Monday 29 November 2010).
- Copenhagen (Denmark) - from 01 August 2011
- Geneva (Switzerland) - from 01 June 2011. Daily flights, EK 089 DXB-GVA 0855-1345 hrs, EK 090 GVA-DXB 1515-2330 hrs, aircraft used will be Boeing 777-200LR and Boeing 777-300ER.
- St Petersburg (Russia) - from 01 November 2011. Announced 07 June 2011. EK137 depart Dubai 1035, arrive St Petersburg 1615. Return flight depart St Petersburg at 1745 arrive Dubai 0035 (next day). Daily flights using Airbus A340-300 and A330-200 aircraft.
Press release 09 February 2011: So far this year, the airline has launched a new route to Basra, Iraq on 2nd February and will start new services to Geneva on 1st June and Copenhagen on 1st August.
Emirates Airline new routes in 2010
- Amsterdam (Netherlands), Madrid (Spain), Prague (Czech Republic), Tokyo (Japan).
- Baghdad (Iraq) - start date 01 July 2010 announced 10 May 2010, 3x weekly service on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. On 21 June 2010 Emirates announced flights would be "temporarily postponed", but no further information supplied on new launch date.
- Dakar (Senegal) from 01 September 2010, 106th EK destination, 5x weekly on Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun. Airbus A340-300 aircraft used with 213 Economy Class, 42 Business Class, 12 First Class seats. EK 797 depart 0955 from DXB, arrive
1600 at Dakar-Yoff Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport (DKR). Return departs DKR 1740, arrive DXB 0715 next day. From EK press release 08 March 2010.
- Medina/Madinah/Al Medinah al Munawarah, Saudi Arabia - summer flights 2x weekly from 02 April to 24 September 2010 (news report 27 April 2010). Increased to 4x weekly from 03 August 2010 (news reports 04 July 2010). Flight times to Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport (MED) are EK3807 DXB-MED Fr,Su 0115-0300, EK3808 MED-DXB Fr,Su 0435-0815.
Emirates Airline Freighter routes (Emirates SkyCargo)
- Amsterdam (Netherlands) - since 1994?
- Budapest (Hungary)
- Dublin, Ireland?
- Erbil, Iraq (Kurdistan), - Starlight Airlines in association with Emirates SkyCargo operates a Boeing 777 Freighter 2x weekly to Sharjah (might increase to 3x weekly). Start date 08 February 2011 (press release 12 February 2011).
- São Paulo (Brazil) - from 31 October 2010, weekly Boeing 747-400F with 117 tonnes capacity.
- Zaragoza (Spain) - since 2006
Emirates Airline airport lounges
- New York John F. Kennedy International Airport, USA - named one of the Top Airport Lounges in North America by Frommers in 2011.
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO), USA - open 1200-1600 daily, area 9,500 sq ft, capacity 130 passengers, opening announced 16 February 2012 (WAM news).