Emirates is boosting it’s reach to either side of Australia towards the end of 2024, with Perth expecting an additional daily service from the world’s largest international airline. In Brisbane, it’s a superjumbo upgrade to increase capacity on Emirates’ second daily departure.
From 1st October 2024, Emirates will operate the larger Airbus A380 on its EK430 service, which will depart Dubai at 2:30am for an arrival into Brisbane at 10:20pm. After being serviced, EK431 will depart Brisbane at 1:55am, before hitting the runway in Dubai at 10:05am.
There’s no changes to the existing EK434 service, which departs Dubai at 10:35am for a 6:25am arrival into Brisbane. The returning EK435 leaves Brisbane at 9pm for a 5:10am arrival into Dubai.
Over in the West, Emirates will add seccond daily flight, operated by a Boeing 777-300ER from 1st December 2024. The schedule is awkwardly timed, with flight EK424 departing Dubai at 9:15am, for an arrival in Perth at 12:05am the following day. The returning EK425 will depart Perth at 6am with a scheduled 1:10pm Dubai touchdown.
This is in addition to the current EK420 service, which goes wheels in Dubai every day at 2:45am for a 5:20pm touchdown in Perth. The return EK421 departs Perth at 10:20pm with a scheduled 5:25am arrival in Dubai.
Emirates Divisional Vice President for Australasia, Barry Brown, said the Gulf carrier was eager to provide greater choice for Australians travelling from Brisbane and Perth.
“It’s a demonstration of the importance of both gateways for tourism and trade, and Emirates’ commitment to ensure convenient schedules and comfortable connections to and through Dubai.”
Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO at Brisbane Airport, also welcomes the capacity bump.
“The A380 will allow up to 100,000 extra passengers per year to travel between Queensland and Europe, which is Brisbane’s second busiest international destination. Now in its 21st year of serving Brisbane, Emirates is our number one mover of people to and from Europe,” said Mr de Graaff.
At present, Emirates offers sixty-three weekly flights to Australia utilising Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft. The airline transports around 56,000 passengers between Dubai and Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne weekly. But through upgraded A380 operations to Brisbane and the resumption of Emirates’ second service to Perth, the airline will increase its weekly capacity to Australia by an additional 6,900 seats.