Emirates Steps Up Frequency of Australia Flights

Government-mandated capacity limits are set to be dropped for services to Sydney and Melbourne.

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Now that Australia’s borders are reopening to international travelers from November, Emirates has announced that it is preparing to meet pent-up demand for travel into and out of the country. In response to the cancellation of quarantines for fully vaccinated travelers returning New South Wales and Victoria, flights EK414/415 between Dubai and Sydney will go daily from November 2, using Boeing 777-300ERs. Meanwhile, services to Melbourne on flights EK408/409 will increase to four times a week.

The maximum permitted capacity on flights to Sydney and Melbourne is returning to 100 percent, allowing 354 passengers across all cabins to travel on Emirates’ Boeing 777 aircraft. For the first time since the start of the pandemic, Australian citizens, permanent residents, and their immediate family members can look forward to unrestricted travel to and from the two cities, as long as they are vaccinated against Covid-19 with an approved vaccine.

From December 1, Emirates’ flagship A380 aircraft will serve the Dubai–Sydney route on a daily basis and offer close to 50 percent additional capacity. The double-decker superjumbo features 516 seats in a three-class configuration, with 426 seats in economy, as well as 76 and 14 seats in business and first class, respectively.

Passengers travelling in premium classes will be granted complimentary lounge access in Dubai and in select destinations around the airline’s network. From November 1, customers can also enjoy chauffeur-drive service before departure and on arrival in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as in Dubai and other cities served by the Gulf carrier. Emirates’ first-class and business-class passengers flying from Brisbane and Perth will have access to chauffeur-drive service on departure.

Emirates is continuing its operations to Brisbane and Perth with government-mandated capacity limits in place. All passengers arriving in either destination must undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine until travel restrictions are eased in Queensland and Western Australia.

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