Emirates flying ahead

While many European airlines have reduced services to the Middle East, the Dubai-based airline is to increase its operations in the region.

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By  John Irish Published  April 2, 2003

Emirates Airlines announced on April 01 that it would be increasing the number of flights it handles throughout the Gulf and Middle East.

The measures are expected to be put in place between now and July and will see new services to Qatar, Oman, Iran, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait.

“We are boosting our Middle East routes as part of the expansion taking place this summer across the whole network,” said Ghaith Al Ghaith, Emirates’ commercial operations director.

The move, which follows widespread rescheduling among European operators, is just the latest in a host of revised flight schedules by regional airlines. Both Gulf Air and Qatar Airways recently confirmed that their services would remain as normal as possible, despite regional uncertainties.

“We will not be deflected from our planned growth by the conflict in Iraq. The development of our network is in response to market demand and we will continue to provide our passengers with the services they require,” added Al Ghaith.

From March 30, Emirates will add an extra daily flight to Doha, Qatar, increasing services to the Qatari capital to three daily. The service will leave Dubai at 0810, returning to the emirate at 1235. On the same day, the airline launched an extra service to Damman, Saudi Arabia.

Emirates expect to add a fourth daily service to Doha from July 1, depending on governmental approval.

“These increases will really put Doha on the map. Our skywards members, who number nearly 8,000, now have convenient outbound and inbound connections with which to build up their miles,” said Khalid Hassan, area manager, Qatar.

Despite the conflict in Iraq, Emirates has added an extra service on Thursdays to Kuwait City, increasing the total number of weekly services to eleven. From July 01, the airline will also serve Muscat twice daily, while flights to Sanaa will increase to five weekly.

Subject to government approval, Emirates is also hoping to offer four additional services to Tehran from May 03.

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