Emirates Reinstates Full Capacity in Australia with Adelaide Services Resumption


Immanuel Debeer | 06/02/2024

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In a significant move marking the restoration of its full Australian flight capacity, Emirates announced the return of its daily service between Adelaide and its Dubai hub, commencing 28 October 2024. This reinstatement comes as the latest development in Emirates’ efforts to meet the increasing travel demands to and from South Australia, offering passengers convenient access to over 140 destinations globally.

Originally launched in 2012, the Adelaide-Dubai route has been a vital connection, with Emirates transporting over 165,000 passengers in 2019 alone. The return of this service, along with the reinstatement of a second daily Perth flight from 1 December, will elevate Emirates’ weekly Australian flights to 77, matching pre-pandemic levels and enabling the transportation of 68,000 passengers per week.

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The resumption of daily direct flights by Emirates is anticipated to significantly boost South Australia’s tourism sector. According to the South Australian Tourism Commission, the direct flights are estimated to contribute over $62 million annually in tourism expenditure and create upwards of 315 full-time tourism-related jobs in South Australia. Moreover, each flight will offer 14 tonnes of cargo space, aiding in the transport of freight valued at approximately $98 million per year.

  • Emirates’ EK440 will depart from Dubai at 02:00hrs and arrive in Adelaide at 20:50hrs.
  • Emirates’ return flight EK441 will depart from Adelaide at 22:35hrs and arrive in Dubai at 05:15hrs.

Peter Malinauskas, the South Australian Premier, emphasised the crucial role of Emirates in driving the state’s economic growth, with an expected $160 million boost in tourism expenditure and freight exports, alongside job creation. Zoe Bettison, the Minister for Tourism, echoed these sentiments, highlighting the service’s importance in reconnecting South Australia with key international markets such as Europe, the UK, the Middle East, India, and the US East Coast.

Barry Brown, Divisional Vice President Australasia at Emirates, expressed enthusiasm for the service’s return, noting its significance in supporting leisure, culture, tourism, and trade growth through connections to Dubai and beyond. Brenton Cox, Managing Director of Adelaide Airport, also welcomed the return, citing benefits for customers and local producers, and the strengthened competition and choice for travellers.

The Emirates’ Dubai-Adelaide route, operated on the Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, will offer 302 seats per flight, including 38 Business Class and 264 Economy Class seats. The flight schedule aligns with prime European arrival and departure times, facilitating seamless travel and efficient connections.

This service reinstatement not only restores Emirates’ Australian footprint to five destinations but also bolsters the tourism and trade sectors, signalling a confident step towards post-pandemic recovery.

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Immanuel Debeer

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