Strong Toronto demand leads Emirates and Etihad to up frequencies

posted on 30th July 2018 by Justin Burns
Strong Toronto demand leads Emirates and Etihad to up frequencies

Emirates has introduced two additional Airbus A380 flights to its Toronto service and will now serve the Canadian city five times a week from 18 August this year to meet strong demand for the route.

Over the past decade, the Dubai-based carrier has introduced new aircraft on the route from a Boeing 777 in October 2007 to the flagship A380 in 2009.

The A380 scheduled service increased passenger capacity on the Toronto service by 40 per cent and since then, the load factor on the route has been consistently full, averaging 90 per cent with demand outstripping supply. The additional frequency will fulfil the strong demand on the route and add 65 per cent capacity to the market.

Emirates is currently the only airline operating the A380 out of Toronto. It currently has 104 A380s in service and 58 pending delivery, more than any airline globally.

From 28 October 2018, Etihad Airways will also increase its flights from Abu Dhabi to Toronto, from three to five weekly services.

The flights will be operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, and Etihad Aviation Group chief commercial officer, Robin Kamark said it is one of the carrier’s “most successful and popular destinations” on its route network.

Etihad Airways has welcomed well over a million guests on flights to Toronto since it launched the service almost 13 years ago.