Emirates to serve Venice from July

Emirates Airline has announced plans to launch non-stop services to Venice on July 1, the carrier’s third Italian destination after Milan and Rome.

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By  Gemma Greenwood Published  December 18, 2006

Emirates Airline has announced plans to launch non-stop services to Venice on July 1, the carrier’s third Italian destination after Milan and Rome. The service, to initially operate five-times-a-week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, will increase to daily two months later on September 1. Emirates will operate an Airbus A330-200 on the route offering 27 business class seats and 251 in economy. Emirates' Dubai-Venice flight will create a new non-stop connection that is expected to foster a greater flow of tourism and business traffic between one of the Middle East's fastest-developing leisure and business hubs, and the thriving commercial region of Veneto in northern Italy. "Venice is a popular tourism destination and an important gateway in northern Italy for commerce. Our new service will contribute to Italy's many flourishing small and medium-sized businesses by providing increased access from Venice to other major cities around the globe via Dubai, and vice-versa. Our flights will also provide added capacity for the transportation of goods vital to Italian industries,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group. Enrico Marchi, S.A.V.E. Venice Airport Chairman added: "Venice has long needed a non-stop connection to the Middle East, a region which is currently served only via European hubs. We believe the new service will satisfy the existing demand and generate even more traffic into Venice from the Middle and Far East." According to Marchi, when flights connecting Venice to North America were launched, the number of passengers travelling from this new source market increased five-fold. “We expect Emirates' new flight to Dubai to similarly boost traffic, particularly given Dubai's growing status as a transport hub,” he added. Flight EK135 is scheduled to depart Dubai at 09:45 hours, arriving in Venice at 14:15 hours on the same day. The return flight EK136 will leave Venice at 15:45 hours, arriving in Dubai at 23:35 hours that same evening. Emirates Airline currently operates daily flights to Rome and Milan with wide-bodied Boeing 777 and Airbus 330-200 aircraft. Italy is also a destination being eyed by rival carrier, Etihad Airways. The UAE’s national carrier is planning to introduce a direct Abu Dhabi-Milan service some time this year.

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