DUBAI- Emirates Airlines (EK) has completed the final phase of restoring its Australia capacity with the announcement of its return to Adelaide (ADL). Starting on October 28, 2024, a daily service will resume between the South Australian capital and the airline’s Dubai hub.
This reinstated service aims to meet the growing travel demand to and from South Australia, providing passengers with convenient travel options to over 140 destinations across Emirates’ global network. This offers a broad spectrum of choices, flexibility, and connectivity.
Emirates Dubai-Adelaide Flight
Having initially launched its Adelaide services in 2012, Emirates transported over 165,000 passengers between Dubai and Adelaide in 2019. By December 1, when Emirates reinstates its second daily service to Perth, the airline will operate 77 weekly flights from Australia, capable of transporting 68,000 passengers weekly to and from Australia, thereby returning to its pre-pandemic capacity.
Emirates’ return signifies a significant milestone in South Australia’s pandemic recovery. The South Australian Tourism Commission estimates that the tourism expenditure generated by daily direct non-stop Emirates flights will surpass $62 million annually, creating over 315 full-time equivalent tourism-related jobs for South Australians.
Each flight will also offer 14 tonnes of cargo space, totaling 196 tonnes weekly between Dubai and Adelaide. The estimated value of freight exports is projected to reach $98 million per year, contributing to a total estimated expenditure generated by Emirates flights to Adelaide amounting to $160 million.
Peter Malinauskas, the Premier of South Australia, expresses, “The reinstatement of Emirates flights to Adelaide has been a top priority for the State Government. The resumption of daily direct flights by Emirates will significantly contribute to South Australia’s economic growth, estimated to bring in around $160 million in tourism expenditure and freight exports, creating over 315 full-time tourism-related jobs for South Australians.“
“The people of South Australia have felt the absence of Emirates’ service, and the recommencement of daily flights will enhance accessibility to Adelaide from key long-haul markets, making business interactions with our state more convenient.”
Zoe Bettison, the South Australian Minister for Tourism, states, “This marks a significant recovery milestone for our state’s tourism industry, establishing a vital link to South Australia’s traditionally robust European markets, as well as the UK, Middle East, India, and the east coast of the US.”
“The restoration of direct daily Emirates flights into Adelaide is anticipated to generate over $62 million in tourism expenditure alone, providing a substantial boost to our state’s visitor economy. The return of South Australia to Emirates’ global marketing programs is exciting, as it will garner international attention for SA, fostering an increase in visitors to our state.”
Barry Brown, Divisional Vice President Australasia at Emirates, expresses excitement about the return of Emirates to Adelaide, a development eagerly awaited by passengers and the industry. The reinstatement not only benefits South Australia in leisure, culture, and tourism but also supports trade growth opportunities through the connection to Dubai and onward destinations worldwide.
“The return of our Adelaide service completes our current footprint in Australia, serving five points across the country. We extend our gratitude to our partners at the South Australian Tourism Commission and Adelaide Airport and take immense pride in fulfilling Emirates’ commitment to Australia. We are already anticipating the joy of welcoming our first passengers from Adelaide on board in October.”
Brenton Cox, Managing Director of Adelaide Airport, expresses enthusiasm, stating, “This is excellent news for our customers who will once again benefit from Emirates’ extensive global network via Dubai. It enhances competition and choice for travelers, including through Emirates’ code-sharing arrangement with Qantas, enabling connections through the Middle East to Europe and Africa. Moreover, it brings significant tourism and broader economic opportunities by attracting international visitors to Adelaide.”
“We are pleased that Emirates will promptly resume daily services – the same frequency as pre-COVID – reflecting confidence in the Adelaide market. The deployment of the widebody Boeing 777-200LR aircraft also opens up improved air freight export opportunities for our local producers to Middle Eastern and European markets.”
4,200 weekly seats
Operating daily with the Boeing 777-200LR aircraft featuring 38 Business Class seats and 264 seats in Economy Class, the Adelaide service will provide 302 seats per flight and over 4,200 weekly seats between Dubai (DXB) and Adelaide. Emirates Business Class on the Adelaide service will feature a 2-2-2 configuration.
Emirates’ EK440 will depart from Dubai at 02:00hrs and arrive in Adelaide at 20:50hrs. The return flight, EK441, will depart from Adelaide at 22:35hrs and arrive in Dubai at 05:15hrs. All times are local.
With Emirates’ extensive network spanning over 140 destinations worldwide, the reinstatement of the Emirates Dubai-Adelaide service serves as a crucial link to South Australia’s traditionally robust European markets, along with the United Kingdom, Middle East, India, and the east coast of the United States.
The flight schedule ensures passengers are aligned with Emirates’ key European arrival and departure times, providing a seamless travel experience and optimal connections within four hours.
Dubai, as a pivotal global connection point, opens up travel possibilities for passengers from Adelaide to prominent destinations such as London, Rome, Paris, Dubai, Amsterdam, Manchester, Athens, Dublin, Barcelona, and Milan. Anticipated top inbound routes include London, Manchester, Dubai, Birmingham, Paris, Amsterdam, Glasgow, Frankfurt, and Dusseldorf.
Best in Class Service
Travelers on Emirates’ Australia routes can indulge in an unparalleled in-flight experience featuring regionally inspired multi-course menus crafted by an award-winning team of chefs. An extensive selection of premium beverages complements the culinary experience. Passengers can also unwind with Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice, offering up to 6,500 channels of diverse content, including movies, TV shows, music, podcasts, games, audiobooks, and more.
First-class passengers flying with Emirates from the airline’s other Australian ports can savor Penfolds RWT Shiraz from Barossa Valley, a renowned wine-producing region northeast of Adelaide. The iconic RWT, representing ‘Red Winemaking Trial,’ originated from a 1995 project led by Peter Gago to explore alternative winemaking techniques for exceptional shiraz. Emirates offers either the 2011, the 2012, or both vintages in its selection.
Emirates presently operates 63 weekly flights to Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne, utilizing a mix of A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft and serving 56,000 passengers per week.
The airline recently expanded its Premium Economy offering on Melbourne flights and will upgrade the second service between Dubai and Brisbane to an A380 from October 1. Additionally, Emirates plans to reinstate its second Perth service on a Boeing 777-300ER from December 1, complementing the existing A380 service.
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