Emirates Ramps Up A380 Operations

Toronto will become the latest destination served by the Gulf airline’s superjumbo jets.

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While most global airlines have put their Airbus A380s in storage due to the Covid-19 pandemic, one Gulf carrier is already dispatching the double-decker aircraft on some of its most popular routes. Customers flying Emirates can look forward to scheduled services aboard the flagship superjumbos between Dubai and a handful of major cities, with five-times-weekly A380 flights to Toronto set to begin on August 16.

Emirates has been gradually rolling out its largest passenger jets in line with growing market demand. After launching daily A380 flights to Paris and London Heathrow in the middle of July, the airline added a second daily service to Heathrow earlier this month, while resuming daily flights to Amsterdam and a four-times-weekly service to Cairo. In addition, once-weekly A380 flights to Guangzhou started on August 8.

The Gulf airline is aiming to rebuild its passenger network to more than 70 cities by the end of the month, representing over half the number served before the pandemic. Recent weeks have seen the resumption of scheduled flights from Dubai to nine destinations around the world, including Clark, Kuwait City, Prague, and the Seychelles, using smaller aircraft.

Passengers transiting through Dubai and travelers entering the UAE must carry a negative Covid-19 result from a PCR test conducted within four days of departure. In a first for the industry, Emirates recently announced that it would provide free global cover for Covid-19 related medical expenses and repatriation costs to all its customers (irrespective of cabin class) traveling before November. The insurance cover is valid for 31 days from the moment passengers fly the first sector of their journey.

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