With its contemporary Airbus A380 aircraft, Emirates has been a major competitor of Qantas in the Australian aviation market for a considerable amount of time. With Australia gradually recuperating from the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak, Emirates' return to flight indicates a positive trend for air travel. Emirates' announcement today that it will be starting flights to Adelaide again is a major turning point in this recovery process.
Excitation was in the air at Adelaide Airport when Emirates announced that it would be resuming daily flights to Dubai on October 28, 2024. This completes the picture for Emirates in terms of regaining its capacity throughout Australia. On December 1, Emirates will resume its second daily flight to Perth, bringing its full schedule of 77 weekly flights from several Australian locations, including Adelaide, back to life.
With the combined capacity of these flights, up to 68,000 people can be accommodated weekly, thereby returning Emirates to its pre-pandemic operational capacity. Reestablishing the connection with Adelaide Airport, which was first opened in 2012 and saw over 165,000 passengers travel between Dubai and Adelaide in 2019, is an important step forward.
The CEO of Adelaide Airport, Brenton Cox, stressed how crucial Emirates' return is to improving Adelaide's connectivity and supporting the regional economy. He emphasised how Emirates' wide global network and alliances, such as its partnership with Qantas, make it convenient for travellers looking for easy connections to European locations via Dubai.
Not only does the resumption of Emirates flights benefit tourists, but the local economy benefits as well. It is projected to generate over AU$160 million in tourism-related expenditure and export freight, as well as over 315 full-time jobs in the tourism industry in South Australia.
Emirates plans to use Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, which have 302 seats spread across two classes, to operate the Adelaide route. More than 4,200 weekly seats will be available on the daily schedule between Adelaide and Dubai, which leaves from Dubai International at 02:00 and arrives at Adelaide Airport at 20:50.
Emirates, however, keeps deploying its fleet strategically around Australia, emphasising important routes. Emirates Divisional Vice President for Australasia Barry Brown highlighted the airline's excitement about coming back to Adelaide and the potential it presents for tourism, culture, and leisure in South Australia.
Currently, Emirates uses a combination of Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft to offer 63 weekly flights to various Australian destinations. Notable alterations include the return of a second Perth service using a Boeing 777-300ER and the commencement of an all-A380 service to Brisbane. Additionally, improvements have been made to the premium economy selection on flights to Melbourne. Emirates' dedication to bolstering Australia's aviation industry and re-establishing connections between travellers and international locations is demonstrated by these initiatives.