Emirates ramps up operations across continents

Emirates continues to expand its global network and deploy its capacity to meet travel demand across the world

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 March, 2023 at 11:39 am by Andre Camilleri

Emirates has boosted operations by 31% of its total available seat kilometre – ASKMs – since the start of its financial year and has further plans to ramp up seat capacity in its latest published summer schedule starting 26 March 2023.

In the past months, the airline has planned and executed the rapid growth of its network operations – reintroducing services to 5 cities; launching flights to one new destination (Tel Aviv), adding 251 weekly flights onto existing routes; and continuing the roll-out of service enhancements in the air and on the ground.

Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Chief CommercialOfficer said: “Emirates continues to expand its global network and deploy its capacity to meet travel demand across the world. Our financial year started relatively quietly as we held back our ramp up until the planned northern runway rehabilitation program at Dubai International airport was completed in June. From July 2022 onwards, it’s been non-stop expansion.”

He added: “Customer demand has been very strong, and our forward bookings are also robust. Emirates is working hard on several fronts – to bring back operating capacity as quickly as the ecosystem can manage, while also upgrading our fleet and product to ensure our customers always enjoy the best possible Emirates experience. So far, 4 of our A380 aircraft have been completely refurbished with our new cabin interiors and Premium Economy seats, and more will enter service as our US$2 billion cabin and service enhancement program picks up pace.”

In the coming months, established routes to Europe, Australia and Africa will be served with more Emirates flights, while in East Asia, more cities are seeing route restarts.

Emirates has been flying to Malta for the past 25 years and currently offers a daily service to and from Dubai, via Cyprus.

Upcoming A380 deployments in Summer 2023 season:

Emirates continues to scale up its A380 operations with the reintroduction of the iconic double-decker across its network: Glasgow (from 26 March), Casablanca from (15 April), Beijing (from 1 May), Shanghai (from 4 June), Nice (from 1 June), Birmingham (from 1 July), Kuala Lumpur (from 1 August), and Taipei (from 1 August).

Upcoming route enhancements by region:


  • Amsterdam: from 14 to 19 weekly flights starting 2 April.          
  • Athens: Addition of a daily seasonal service to serve summer demand between 1 June to 30 September.
  • Bologna: from 5 flights a week to a daily service starting 1 May.
  • Budapest: from 5 flights a week to a daily service by 1 June.
  • London: start of 2nd daily service to London Stansted on 1 May. This will take Emirates’ London operations to 11 daily flights – including 6 times daily to London Heathrow and 3 times daily to Gatwick.
  • Venice: from 5 to 6 flights a week from 26 March, increasing to a daily service from 1 June.


  • Cairo: from 25 to 28 weekly flights by 29October.
  • Dar es Salam: from 5 flights a week to daily flights starting 1 May.
  • Entebbe: from 6 flights a week to daily flights starting 1 July.

Australia and New Zealand

Emirates’ non-stop Australia flights will return to pre-pandemic levels to Sydney from 1 May, Melbourne from 26 March, and Brisbane on 1 June.

  • Brisbane: An additional daily service starting 1 June will take Emirates to 14 flights per week to Brisbane.
  • Christchurch: restart of daily service from Dubai via Sydney from 26 March.
  • Melbourne: addition of 3rd daily service to Melbourne from 26 March via Singapore. This adds capacity to Melbourne and re-establishes connectivity between Singapore and Melbourne. The other 2 daily flights from Melbourne fly non-stop to Dubai.
  • Sydney: addition of 3rd daily non-stop service from 1 May.

East Asia

  • Bangkok: Addition of 5th daily service from 1 August.
  • Beijing: To commence daily non-stop Boeing 777-300ER service from 15 March, upgrading to an A380 effective 1 May. A second daily service will commence effective 1 September with an A380.
  • Hong Kong: Addition of a daily non-stop flight from 29 March. This increases Emirates’ operations to 14 weekly flights including its existing daily Dubai-Bangkok-Hong Kong service.
  • Kuala Lumpur: Addition of a third daily service from 1 June.

Tokyo: Resumption of services to Tokyo Haneda with daily flights on 2 April. This takes Emirates’ Japan operations to 21 daily flights including a daily A380 service to Tokyo-Narita and a daily Boeing 777 service to Osaka.

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