Emirates to launch a daily service to Edinburgh
One of the world’s most renowned airlines will arrive into Edinburgh later this year with the launch of an Emirates service to Dubai.
The daily service will begin on the 1st of early October and will be operated by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three class cabin configuration, with 8 private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 304 spacious seats in Economy Class.
Flight EK023 will depart Dubai daily at 0955hrs and arrive in Edinburgh at 1450hrs, while the return flight EK024 will depart Edinburgh at 2015hrs and arrive in Dubai at 0640hrs the next morning.
Seamless Connectivity & Global Network
Edinburgh will become Emirates’ second destination in Scotland after Glasgow and its 8th in the United Kingdom after the airline starts its daily service to London Stansted in June. It will be a year-round service and maintains and strengthens Scotland's busiest airport's links with the Middle East ahead of the departure of Etihad's Abu Dhabi route.
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: "This is a fantastic announcement as we welcome another world-renowned airline to Scotland's busiest airport – a clear statement that Edinburgh Airport is the gateway to Scotland. "The route enhances our connectivity to the Middle East and further afield as we access that long-haul network, giving us greater access and choice than ever before. It also back fills the departure of Etihad even before that service ceases. "The service caters for leisure and business passengers, providing daily links for international tourism and trade opportunities both inbound and outbound, and will help our growth and international standing as a world class hub.
Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, West, said: “We’re increasing our capacity to Scotland to meet growing demand, and by introducing a daily flight to Edinburgh, it will complement our current double daily flights between Dubai and Glasgow. Edinburgh is a very popular leisure and business destination, and the new service will offer our customers from across our global network, particularly from key inbound markets such as Asia and Australia, a direct option to the city via our Dubai hub.
Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf said: “This new route, between Edinburgh and Dubai, is excellent news, increasing Scotland’s connectivity and helping to promote the country around the globe. “It will give Scottish businesses even better access to global markets, thanks to the number of onward destinations on offer from Dubai. It also means that the rising number of tourists looking to visit Scotland will have even more options when it comes to experiencing our world-famous hospitality.
“This new service will complement Emirates’ existing Scottish flights and shows the airline has great confidence in our aviation sector. I congratulate both them and Edinburgh Airport on this announcement and look forward to seeing this new service take off in the autumn.”
Award winning hospitality and service
First Class and Business Class customers will also be able to book complimentary chauffeur drive to and from Edinburgh Airport. All customers can look forward to award winning levels of care and comfort when travelling with Emirates, from the warm hospitality of its multinational cabin crew, to being entertained by ice, which offers up to 3500 channels of on demand audio and visual entertainment from the latest movies, music and games. Customers also enjoy chef prepared meals and complimentary beverages, while families are also well catered for with dedicated products and services for children.
The new service will also enable Emirates SkyCargo to offer up to 20 tonnes of cargo capacity on the aircraft per flight, providing local businesses opportunities to increase popular exports such as salmon and whisky.