Emirates Marks One of its Busiest Summers Ever

Emirates Marks One of its Busiest Summers Ever

DALLAS — The national airline of the UAE, Emirates (EK), has unveiled its passenger results for the summer season, quoting that it has marked “one of its busiest summers ever.”

EK, one of the most significant Hub-and-Spoke airlines through its main base at Dubai International Airport (DXB), carried more than 14 million passengers between June and August on nearly 50.000 total movements along its worldwide route network.

Adnan Kazim, CEO at Emirates, said, “Travel demand across our network has been strong and resilient despite rising cost-of-living pressures in many markets. It shows the value that people place on travel—whether for work, play, study, or visiting loved ones—and how essential international air connectivity is to communities.”

The main airport of Dubai, whose EK is the largest airline, also revealed its half-year results, beating its pre-pandemic passenger traffic numbers for the first time.

Emirates is the largest Airbus A380 operator, with more than 100 units in service today. Photo: Adrian Nowakowski/Airways.

Seeing an Emirates at Almost Any Airport

Operating flights to all six continents across the world, Emirates is currently one of the airlines with the most diverse route networks on the planet, and their data reflects that.

At the moment of writing, the UAE carrier offers a wide list of 134 destinations and owns a fleet of 263 aircraft distributed between the Boeing 777 (144 units) and Airbus A380 (119 units). Despite its diversity, there are still major cities that are not yet served by EK, such as Vancouver (YVR), Bogotá (BOG), and Berlin (BER).

With EK’s very close collaboration with its partner FlyDubai (FZ), passengers from smaller European and Asian cities that do not cover widebody aircraft demand can also join EK’s route network by transferring from Boeing 737 flights to larger airplanes through Dubai.

The big collaboration with partners such as FlyDubai has led Emirates to expand its network, connecting indirectly to more than 800 cities worldwide. Photo: Nick Sheeder/Airways

The Largest Airbus A380 Operator

It is impossible to land at Dubai International Airport (DXB) and not see any Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft. The airline currently operates more than 100 units of the type, and the double-decker has already defined not only the strategy but the success of EK in the market.

Carefully selecting the destinations and fleet destined for every flight, Emirates has succeeded in obtaining an average load factor of 80% during the summer season and is keeping its trust in the airframe by introducing the A380 on more routes to Europe and Asia.

This summer, the UAE flag carrier brought back daily A380 services to Birmingham (BHX), Nice (NCE), Taipei (TPE), and Shanghai (PVG), as well as introduced the “Superjumbo” for the first time to Bali (DPS), Indonesia.

Featured image: Fabrizio Spicuglia/Airways

Deputy Reporter - Europe & Middle East
Commercial aviation enthusiast from Madrid, Spain. Studying for a degree in Air Traffic Management and Operations at the Technical University of Madrid. Aviation photographer since 2018.

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