Gulf carrier Emirates has added a second daily service between Gatwick and Dubai, which will depart the south London airport every evening at 20.25. The airline resumed daily flights from Gatwick in December 2021 and said that the UK’s bookings from Gatwick airport have doubled in 2022.
While Emirates uses its A380 superjumbo aircraft on the Dubai-Gatwick route, the newly announced second service will be operated by Emirates’s B777 aircraft. The Emirates flight will depart Dubai at 14.25 and arrive at Gatwick at 18.25. The return Gatwick-Dubai flight will leave London at 20.25, landing in Dubai airport at 07.20 the following day.
Emirates Flight EK015, operated by A380 superjumbo aircraft, will depart Dubai International Airport at 07.40, arriving in Gatwick at 11.40. The return leg Emirates EK016 will leave the south London airport at 13.35, landing in Dubai at 00.40 the following day.
Upsurge in Passenger Demand From the UK to Dubai
“We have seen a considerable uptick in demand for international travel in recent weeks, particularly from the South East and are pleased to be expanding our operations from Gatwick,” Richard Jewsbury, divisional vice president at Emirates UK, said.
London Gatwick Airport and Emirates have a longstanding association. With the new addition, Emirates operate 91 flights in a week to the UK. The journeys comprise six times daily from London Heathrow, double daily from Gatwick and Manchester, ten flights per week from Birmingham, daily from Glasgow, and four flights per week from Newcastle.
“Emirates is fully committed to the UK, and we have operated flights from the airport for over 30 years, providing vital connectivity to Dubai and across our international network for passengers travelling for business, leisure, or to visit loved ones,” Richard Jewsbury added.
“Whether it’s winter sun trips to Dubai or passengers travelling further afield to reconnect with family and friends, future bookings continue to gather pace,” Jewsbury continued.
Besides the passenger services, the route has also witnessed the exchange of billions of pounds worth of cargo into and out of the region – supporting UK businesses of all shapes and sizes.