Emirates Upgrades Flights To Australia

Daniel Fowkes
26 Jan 2024
· Airlines 
Emirates has announced it'll add almost 7,000 weekly seats to Australia with new flights and boosts in capacity using the A380.

Emirates has announced it will boost flights and capacity to Australia as part of a continued ramp-up of its global network.

As part of the latest news, the airline will boost flights to Perth in Western Australia while upgrading its second daily flight to Brisbane.

The Changes For Australia

From October 1, 2024, Emirates has revealed that its second daily flight, operating on flight EK430/431 originating in Dubai, will be swapped to the Airbus A380. As a result, Brisbane will see a double daily A380 service to meet the growing demand for travel to/from the city.

This A380 will arrive in Brisbane at 2220 after departing Dubai at 0230. The return leg, operating as EK431, will leave early in the morning at 0155 and arrive in Dubai at 1005. These times are local to their respective cities.

The A380 will allow up to 100,000 extra passengers per year to travel between Queensland and Europe, which is Brisbane’s second busiest international destination. Now in its 21st year of serving Brisbane, Emirates is our number one mover of people to and from Europe. 

Gert-Jan de Graaff, Brisbane Airport Chief Executive Officer

Additionally, Emirates has announced plans to increase its operations towards Western Australia, which will be achieved through a new additional daily service towards Perth.

Emirates will utilise the Boeing 777-300ER from December 1 to make this route possible. EK424 will depart Dubai at 0915 and arrive in Perth at 0005 the following day. EK425 departs from Perth at 0600 with an arrival just after lunchtime back into Dubai at 1310.

Comments From Executives

We’re pleased to offer more choice and opportunities for Australians traveling from Brisbane and Perth through the ramp up of our operations. It’s a demonstration of the importance of both gateways for tourism and trade, and Emirates’ commitment to ensure convenient schedules and comfortable connections to and through Dubai. Whether it’s the advantage of seamless afternoon connections from Dubai to a wealth of destinations across Europe on the second Perth flight, or a full A380 experience to and from Brisbane to close to 50 cities served by our flagship, we’re creating access to diverse opportunities for business, leisure, culture, and more.  

Barry Brown, Divisional Vice President Australasia at Emirates

The re-introduction of Emirates’ second daily service is great news as it will add significant capacity into the Perth market. Emirates is an important airline partner for Western Australia and this additional daily service delivers an impressive 250,000 seats per year on this very popular route. 

Perth Airport’s Chief Operating Officer, Scott Woodward

Other Boosts To Travel

Emirates says these two changes to its network towards Australia will also benefit more locations. A second daily flight between Dubai and Perth will increase connectivity to European, African and Middle Eastern destinations.

Additionally, Brisbane’s service upgrading to a second daily A380 will focus on enhancing connectivity to the UK, Italy, France, Turkey, Pakistan, and Egypt.

Ultimately, these changes will reflect an additional 6,900 seats per week in Australia, which will increase Emirates’ presence in the country and provide further options to Australians looking to travel to Dubai or onwards through the network.

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