Emirates will start a daily service between Scotland’s capital Edinburgh and Dubai from 1 October 2018 – providing a boost to the Scottish gateway – as according to reports Etihad Airways will drop a service to Abu Dhabi in the same month.
Edinburgh will become Emirates’ second destination in Scotland after Glasgow and its 8th in the UK after the airline starts its daily service to London Stansted in June.The new route will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER.
Emirates’ divisional senior vice president of commercial operations west, Hubert Frach said: “We’re increasing our capacity to Scotland to meet growing demand, and by introducing a daily flight to Edinburgh, it will complement our current double daily flights between Dubai and Glasgow.
“Edinburgh is a very popular leisure and business destination, and the new service will offer our customers from across our global network, particularly from key inbound markets such as Asia and Australia, a direct option to the city via our Dubai hub.”
“It will also be a more convenient point for travellers from the greater Edinburgh area, and beyond, such as Aberdeen and Dundee, to travel with Emirates to Dubai and onward to destinations across our network,” he added.
Edinburgh Airport chief executive, Gordon Dewar said: “This is a fantastic announcement for Edinburgh Airport as we welcome another world renowned airline to Scotland’s busiest airport, which will enhance our connectivity with the Middle East and further afield.
“We’re delighted to welcome Emirates on board and further expand our international choice for the 13.4 million passengers who use Edinburgh Airport every year.
“This service will cater for leisure and business passengers, providing daily links for international tourism and trade opportunities both inbound and outbound. We look forward to working with Emirates to provide a top class service for passengers and ensure the success of this Edinburgh to Dubai route.”