Emirates adds extra A380 to Dubai service

EMIRATES will replace one of the two Boeing 777s that flies daily between Manchester and Dubai with a larger Airbus A380 from February.

It is the airline’s second A380 – the world’s largest passenger jet – on the route and it will increase capacity on the three daily flights by 13%.

The move comes at Qatar restores its twice daily service to Doha.

Emirates’ vice president Laurie Berryman said: “Manchester is the third busiest airport in the UK and demand for flights to Dubai, and beyond, has increased significantly during our 25 years of operating out of the airport.  

“At Emirates we are committed to providing our customers with the very best service possible. The introduction of a second daily A380 aircraft will not only help more leisure and business passengers to travel in and out of Manchester, but also offer them the world-class travel experience that is synonymous with Emirates.”

Ken O’Toole, chief commercial officer at Manchester Airports Group (MAG), said: “Manchester is the only UK airport outside of London that the A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, flies to. Customers will now have the choice of two daily A380 and one Boeing 777 flights, to travel direct from Manchester to Dubai.

“This additional flight confirms Manchester as the northern gateway and highlights the ongoing demand from passengers to fly from Manchester Airport. It is testament to the success of our Fly Manchester campaign and the strength the airport offers long-haul carriers.”