Emirates will restart flights to London Stansted (STN) in August as it continues to rebuild its UK and global network in response to sustained demand for international travel.
It will be the first time Emirates flies from Stansted since pausing operations from the airport in March 2020 due to the pandemic.
The world’s largest international airline will resume operations from its third London gateway with a five-weekly service starting 1 August 2022, increasing to a daily service from 1 September 2022.
Stansted will be served by Emirates’ wide-body Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with the ‘Game Changer’ First Class product.
Emirates is resuming operations with an evening flight, with EK065 departing at 21:10 and arriving at Dubai International (DXB) at 07:10 the following day.
Returning to the UK, EK068 will leave Dubai at 08:50, arriving in Stansted at 13:30 (all times are local).
By October 2022, the airline will be serving the UK with 110 weekly flights, including: six times daily to London Heathrow; double daily A380 service to Gatwick; three times daily to Manchester, including a double daily A380 service (starting 1st October, 2022); double daily service to Birmingham; five weekly flights to Newcastle (with the fifth weekly flight starting from 1st July, 2022); and a daily service to Glasgow.
Richard Jewsbury, Emirates Divisional Vice President in the UK, commented, “Stansted is a key hub for Emirates in the East and South East of the UK and resuming operations will offer better connectivity to businesses and communities in the region while also boosting the UK economy through scaled up inbound travel and additional cargo capacity.
“The UK is Emirates’ most important international market and bookings have continued to surge with the further easing of travel restrictions.
“We look forward to welcoming more people on board our premium Boeing 777-300ER aircraft later this year.”
Steve Griffiths, London Stansted’s Managing Director, said: “The return of Emirates flights between Dubai and London Stansted is wonderful news and demonstrates the renewed confidence among airlines and passengers as we recover from the pandemic.
“The route is of huge importance to London and the East of England, providing a vital link between the two destinations and beyond, thanks to the airline’s extensive onward network.”
Boosting operations worldwide
The news comes as Emirates scales up operations around the world. This includes:
- Bali: restart of passenger services with five weekly flights from 1 May 2022, scaled up to a daily flight from 1 July 2022.
- Buenos Aires via Rio de Janeiro: restart of passenger services starting 2 November 2022 with four weekly flights. From 1 February 2023, Emirates will scale up its operations to a daily service, offering customers greater convenience, choice and flexibility while planning their travel.
- Lagos and Abuja: ramping up operations to Lagos with 11 weekly flights, from 1 July 2022, scaled up to a double daily service from 1 September 2022. Emirates will also increase its services to Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, to offer 5 weekly flights starting 1 May 2022, and then a daily service from 1 September 2022.
- Mauritius: ramping up flights from daily to nine weekly flights between 9 April 2022 and the end of June 2022, and then moving up to double daily flights from July 2022. Under the codeshare agreement with Air Mauritius, customers of both airlines can enjoy greater access and seamless connectivity to and from the island-nation.
- Singapore: increasing passenger services from seven weekly flights, to 14 weekly flights, from 23 June 2022.