LONDON – Both Emirates Airlines and Etihad Airways announced on Monday that they would be increasing their Toronto flights to a five times weekly service.

Emirates have said that the additional service will be operated by their A380 which will operate it on a tri-class configuration. Emirates’ additional flights are due to begin on August 18th, while Etihad’s will start 10 days later on the 28th of August.

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The outbound flight will fly under the Flight number EK241 and will depart Dubai on Saturday at 03:30 and arrive in Toronto on the same day at 09:30. The return flight EK242 will then depart Toronto at 14:25 and arrive back in Dubai at 11:40 the next day.

On Sundays the outbound flight is due to depart Dubai and arrive at Toronto at the same time, however, the return leg will see the plane leave Toronto at 14:30 arriving back in Dubai at 11:25.

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Emirates have increased this service due to the load factor, Emirates have said that the flights have been consistently full, averaging a 90% load factor with demand outstripping supply. Emirates have said the additional services will fulfill the strong demand on the route and add 65% to capacity for the market.

Both Emirates and Etihad have been trying to increase their services to Canada for some time now, however, the agreement they have with the Canadian government for bilateral air rights have been stopping them from doing so.

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The UAE’s Minister of Economy Sultan Al Mansouri met with the Canadian Minister of Transport Marc Garneau in early June of this year to discuss a change in the agreement.

The meeting saw an agreement that is now allowing both Emirates and Etihad to increase their flights to Toronto to five times weekly from the current three, the agreement also means that Etihad must continue to use the Boeing 777 on the route, while Emirates will continue to deploy its flagship aircraft the A380.