Emirates Announces Return To Adelaide

Daniel Fowkes
07 Feb 2024
· Routes 
Emirates has announced its long-awaited return to Adelaide, with daily flights set to recommence in October 2024 using the 777-200LR

Emirates has announced formal plans to return to Adelaide in Australia, continuing its network rebuild efforts.

The Return

Flights between Dubai and Adelaide will operate daily as EK440/441, operated by a dual-class Boeing 777-200LR.

The 777-200LR features 302 seats spread across 38 in Business Class and 264 in Economy Class.

Despite the 777-200LR operating the flight, there has been much discussion about the airline looking to launch its Airbus A350-900 to the city in the future.

EK440 is slated to depart Dubai at 0200 and arrive in Adelaide at 2050. The return flight is set to depart Adelaide as EK441 at 2235 and arrive in Dubai the following morning at 0515. These times are all local to their respective cities.

A History With Adelaide

Emirates says that in 2012, it launched a service towards Adelaide, and since then, it has played an incredibly pivotal role in transporting passengers between the cities.

In 2019 alone, Emirates carried more than 165,000 passengers. The return is hugely vital for South Australia’s pandemic recovery efforts. Additionally, the non-stop flights are set to generate more than $62 million per year and create more than 315 full-time tourism-related jobs.

The Major Australian Presence

Despite Emirates getting a load of the spotlight, the return to Adelaide, which will commence on 28 October 2024, is part of a broader jigsaw to increase capacity towards Australia.

Emirates notes that while a significant milestone, the airline will then be quick to offer a second daily service to Perth while also up-gauging its operations to Brisbane with a double A380 flight.

As a result of these changes, they will offer 77 weekly flights from Australia, able to transport a staggering 68,000 passengers per week, which returns it to its pre-pandemic capacity.

While the airline will want as many people to stop in Dubai to stay as possible, the incredible network Emirates offers allows for onward travel for Australians.

Thus, Emirates brings another degree of competition to Australian skies despite being a premium full-service carrier. It competes with other Middle Eastern companies and those in Asia, offering similar onward travel to Europe, Africa, and Middle Eastern locations.

Comments From Executives

The return of Emirates to Adelaide has been highly anticipated by passengers and industry for some time. We are equally as excited to again service South Australia and provide the state with opportunities across leisure, culture and tourism and support trade growth opportunities through our connection to Dubai and onwards to destinations worldwide.

Barry Brown, Divisional Vice President Australasia at Emirates

Reinstating Emirates flights to Adelaide has been a key priority for the State Government. Emirates once again flying daily direct into Adelaide will further drive South Australia’s economic growth – set to deliver an estimated $160 million in tourism expenditure and freight exports and create more than 315 full-time tourism-related jobs for South Australians.

South Australia Premier, Peter Malinauskas

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