According to Adnan Kazim, the airline's Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates will be fully recovered in terms of capacity and network by 2023.
According to Kazim, who spoke at the Arabian Travel Market pre-conference, Emirates is now operating at 70% of its pre-pandemic capacity, which will increase to 80% in the summer and then to 85% in the winter. By 2023, according to Kazim, Emirates will have completed its pre-pandemic network. Currently, the airline serves 130 destinations.
Kazim said that Emirates is open to engaging with new airlines in India and added that the restructuring of Air India would help reshape the industry. Emirates is already seeing 95% seat factors on its India flights, said Kazim. "The demand is exceeding the current capacity offered"
Given the current level of demand, Emirates' commercial boss stated that more flights between the UAE and India are possible. "India's current travel pattern is quite constrained compared to the demand that India can meet," Kazim remarked.
Dubai's flagship airline will continue to fly to Russia, according to Kazim, who claims the route is critical for the flow of products and equipment. "The connectivity between Dubai and Russia is essential for students and diplomats."
With the exception of China, which is now implementing a zero COVID policy, the Dubai Tourism director stated that some of the emirate's largest source markets have been recovering.