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12 March, 2019 - 09:38 By Tony Quested

Stansted morale sky high as Emirates doubles its Dubai service

Ken O'Toole

Less than a year after launching a Dubai-Stansted service, influential airline Emirates has decided to double the offering to business and domestic passengers.

Emirates will launch a second daily flight from Dubai to Stansted from July, 1. Emirates customers will now have 11 daily flight options to and from three London airports.  

As with the first, the second daily flight to Stansted will also be operated by Emirates’ ‘game changing’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration with six private suites in First Class, 42 fully-flat beds in Business Class and 306 seats in Economy Class. 

Emirates says the aircraft offers customers an enriched travel experience across all cabins with newly designed seats and upgraded inflight entertainment systems.

Customers will also enjoy new levels of comfort with fully enclosed private suites in First Class as well as refreshed Business and Economy Class cabins.Business and student traffic generated by the Cambridge academic and science & technology hubs, has been a key influencer in the decision.

Emirates executive Hubert Frach said: “We are increasing capacity to London Stansted to meet steady demand from both leisure and business travellers to and from the region, as well as international student traffic to Cambridge.” 

The second daily flight to Stansted also means increased tourism to the region, enabling further trade and economic growth. Popular inbound markets include Australia, UAE, India, South Africa, China, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Emirates customers travelling from London Stansted will also have more access to destinations across the airline’s global network with convenient connection times.

Popular destinations for UK travellers such as Brisbane, Melbourne, Male, Seychelles, Bali, Singapore, Colombo, Bangalore and Bangkok all fall within an approximate two and half hour connection time. Emirates’ partnership with flydubai unlocks even more destination options for outbound travel, with seamless connections to Zanzibar, Kathmandu, Faisalabad and Asmara, to name a few.

Beginning July 1, the first daily flight from Dubai to Stansted will depart Dubai at 0900hrs and arriving in Essex at 1330hrs. The return flight will leave Stansted at 1500hrs and arrive in Dubai at 0105hrs the following day.

The second daily flight from Dubai to Stansted will leave Dubai at 1415hrs and arriving in Essex at 1845hrs. The return flight will leave Stansted at 2110hrs and arrive in Dubai at 0710hrs the following day.

The additional Dubai-Stansted flight will also double the daily cargo capacity offered by Emirates SkyCargo to a total of 40 tonnes each way, facilitating trade and benefiting local businesses.

Stansted CEO Ken O’Toole was thrilled by the development. He said: “The announcement that Emirates is to double the capacity on its Dubai service is fantastic news for passengers and a vote of confidence in both London Stansted Airport and the East of England. 

“Since day one this route has been extremely popular with passengers flying direct to Dubai but also taking advantage of the 150 onward connections available from the hub and today’s announcement is further evidence of the rising demand that exists for more long-haul services from Stansted.”

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