Emirates experiences one of its busiest summers ever

This summer was one of Emirates’ busiest with over 14 million passengers with average seat load factors exceeding 80 per cent across its global network between June and August.

Looking at the coming months, Emirates’ booking trends show demand for international travel across its network.

Emirates anticipates a strong demand for international travel across its network in the coming months

Destination Dubai remained popular among travellers with two million customers travelling to the airline’s hub.

Top inbound markets to Dubai on Emirates during this period included the UK, India, Germany, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Egypt and Kuwait. Over 35 per cent of visitors to Dubai travelling on Emirates were families, staying an average of over two weeks to experience the city’s sites and attractions.

This winter season, the airline anticipates another spike in demand for travel to Dubai as the city runs a packed calendar of global conferences, sporting events and more. The city has already welcomed more than 8.5 million international visitors in the first six months of 2023, registering more than a million more visitors during the same time last year.

Emirates’ chief commercial officer Adnan Kazim said: “Travel demand across our network has been strong and resilient despite rising cost-of-living pressures in many markets. It shows the value that people place on travel – whether for work, play, study, or visiting loved ones; and how essential international air connectivity is to communities.”

From June to August, Emirates operated nearly 50,000 flights to and from 140 cities, carrying over 14 million passengers.

Emirates offers travellers convenient and extended access beyond its own global network, to over 800 cities in 100 countries – thanks to its 157 airline and rail partners.

Highlights this summer include launching daily flights to Montreal, Canada; additional services to 12 cities (Athens, Brisbane, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Amsterdam, Budapest, Bologna, Medina, Jeddah, Entebbe, Venice and Shanghai); resuming daily services to Birmingham, Nice, Taipei and Shanghai; introducing new service to Bali; introducing its latest four-class A380 aircraft to Singapore, Los Angeles and Houston; as well as the new interline and expanded codeshare arrangements with Kenya Airways, Air Canada and Philippine Airlines.

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