Emirates says it is experiencing “an increase in bookings to and from the UK” over the next 12 months, with destinations such as London and Glasgow performing particularly well.
London is perhaps no surprise, as the airline offers around 82 weekly flights on its routes to and from Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted.
But the airline said demand for travel between Dubai and Glasgow was also continuing to grow, with future bookings up 51 per cent year-on-year. Emirates A380 superjumbo returned to the road in March last year.
The airline also said advance bookings from Hong Kong to the UK have increased 15-fold year-on-year, while demand has also increased sharply on routes from South Africa, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan and Australia to the UK.
In terms of outbound travel, Newcastle and Glasgow are experiencing the highest percentage growth in advance bookings, up 56 per cent and 66 per cent respectively.
Emirates also provided an update on demand for its premium economy product, with a 70 per cent increase in bookings between the UK and UAE, and an 18 per cent increase for outbound premium economy bookings from the United Kingdom to Australia, and 29 percent for incoming ones. reservations on the route.
The airline’s four-class A380s, which offer premium economy seats, currently operate on the following routes to and from Dubai: London Heathrow, Sao Paulo, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Auckland, Christchurch, Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, Singapore, New York JFK, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Commenting on the news, Richard Jewsbury, Divisional Vice President of Emirates UK, said:
“The UK has always been one of the most popular destinations on the Emirates global network. Whether for business or pleasure, travelers from around the world are drawn to the United Kingdom thanks to its rich history, business community, diverse culture and iconic attractions.
“We are proud to play a vital role in connecting the UK to our global network and driving travel and trade to and from the country.”