Emirates is boosting its services in Australia with added flights to Perth and a new Airbus A380 service to Brisbane.
A new Boeing 777 service from Perth will begin from December 1, while Brisbane’s EK430 service is being upgraded from a Boeing 777 to an Airbus A380 on October 1.
“We’re pleased to offer more choice and opportunities for Australians traveling from Brisbane and Perth through the ramp up of our operations,” said Barry Brown, divisional VP Australasia at Emirates.
“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. Whether it’s the advantage of seamless afternoon connections from Dubai to a wealth of destinations across Europe on the second Perth flight, or a full A380 experience to and from Brisbane to close to 50 cities served by our flagship, we’re creating access to diverse opportunities for business, leisure, culture, and more.
“The ramp up is also a testament to our commitment in enhancing global connectivity to our Australian gateways and supporting tourism and trade growth opportunities.”
WA Acting Tourism Minister John Carey said the new flight represents another important step forward in rebuilding WA’s aviation capacity.
“Securing additional direct aviation services is absolutely vital to driving more travellers to our state, injecting visitor spend into our economy, and creating jobs in the tourism and hospitality industries,” he said.
“We’re really proud to have brought back or secured new non-stop flights to 19 global cities since borders reopened, and this is just another vote of confidence in Western Australia as a tourism destination.”
Perth Airport chief operating officer Scott Woodward said the additional daily service will deliver 250,000 seats per year.
“Not only does the new service mean that there are more options for business and leisure travel, but the increased capacity will lead to many more international visitors coming to Western Australia,” he said.
“The return of this second daily service shows the commitment and confidence that Emirates has in the Western Australian market, and we will be working with the airline to ensure this second service is as popular as its current one.”