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  • Joe Breitfeller

Emirates to Increase Service to Sydney and Melbourne, Restart Christchurch Service via Sydney

Starting March 26th, Emirates will increase service from Dubai to Sydney via Singapore from two to three daily flights, and will also add a third daily direct Dubai-Sydney flight from May 1st. The carrier will also resume Dubai-Christchurch service via Sydney on March 26, 2023.

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER - Courtesy Emirates

On Monday (January 23, 2023), Emirates announced the addition of two more Australia flights on soaring demand, returning frequencies to pre-pandemic levels. Starting March 26th, the carrier will increase from two to three daily flights from Dubai to Melbourne via Singapore, and will also add a third daily direct flight from Dubai to Sydney starting May 1st, 2023. The added service follows the carrier’s recent announcement that they will offer double-daily flights to Brisbane from June 1st. The added frequencies to Sydney and Melbourne will be operated with a three-class Boeing 777-300ER, featuring First, Business and Economy Class cabins.

In Monday’s announcement, Emirates’ Chief Commercial officer, Adnan Kazim, said,

“Adding a third daily service to Sydney and Melbourne will offer over 500,000 additional seats to and from Australia in a year. To have the two cities operating back at pre-pandemic frequencies is a phenomenal milestone in our restoration of Australia capacity and testament to our longstanding commitment to flying down under. For over 25 years we have provided services for Australia since our first flight to Melbourne in 1996. During this time, we have proudly transported over 40 million passengers and continued flying to Australia during the pandemic. We continue to record significant demand for our services, so we’re dedicated to offering Australians and travellers more options to travel, including the likes of our new Premium Economy cabin with Australia being one of the first markets to be offered this class.”

By mid-2023, Emirates will operate 63 weekly flights between Dubai and Australia.

Additionally, Emirates will restore Christchurch, New Zealand service via Sydney from March 26, 2023, offering the only opportunity for guests on the route to fly on Emirates’ flagship Airbus A380 aircraft.

From May 1st, 2023, the third daily direct Dubai Sydney flight will be operated with a Boeing 777-300ER, with flight EK416 departing Dubai at 21:30, and arriving in Sydney at 17:20+1. The return flight, EK417, will depart Sydney at 20:10 and arrive in Dubai at 04:30. Emirates also currently operates double-daily A380 service between Dubai and Sydney, which also features the carrier’s highly acclaimed Premium Economy experience. Emirates' third daily service between Dubai and Melbourne via Singapore will commence on March 26, 2023 with a Boeing 777-300ER. Flight EK404 will depart Dubai at 21:15 and arrive in Singapore at 08:50, before departing Singapore at 10:25, and arriving in Melbourne at 20:35. The return flight, EK405 takes off from Melbourne at 03:25 and arrives in Singapore at 08:15, before departing Singapore at 09:40 and arriving in Dubai at 13:00 (all times local).

As previously mentioned, Emirates will also restart service from Dubai to Christchurch, New Zealand via Sydney from March 26, 2023 with an Airbus A380. Flight EK412 will depart Dubai at 10:15 and arrive in Sydney at 07:00 before departing Sydney at 08:45, and arriving in Christchurch 13:50. The return flight, EK413, departs Christchurch at 18:20 and arrives in Sydney at 19:40, before departing Sydney at 21:45, and arriving in Dubai at 05:15 (all times local).

Source: Emirates

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