DAA Press Release on Emirates Capacity Expansion

DAA Welcomes Emirates’ 52% Capacity Expansion Just Three Weeks After Dublin-Dubai Route Launch

Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has welcomed Emirates Airline’s decision to significantly increase capacity on its new Dublin-Dubai route.

Emirates will increase the number of available seats on the route by 52% from July when it introduces a larger Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on the service. The decision to increase capacity comes just three weeks after Emirates launched the new service.

Dublin has already become one of ” the airline’s most successful route launches” with many of the Dublin flights currently operating with 90% plus load factors, Emirates said.

“This is excellent news for Dublin Airport and shows the strength of the long-haul market to and from Ireland,” said DAA’s Director of Strategy, Vincent Harrison. “This is Emirates’ fastest ever capacity expansion on a new route and we look forward to welcoming its larger Boeing 777 aircraft to Dublin,” he added.

Emirates began operating the Dublin-Dubai service on January 9, with a 237-seater Airbus A330-200. “Normally, this would provide enough capacity for the first 2-3 years of a new route operation,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation. “However, Dublin is exceeding our expectations much faster than was predicted and we need more seats to satisfy demand,” he added.

Emirates will introduce the 360-seater Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on the Dublin-Dubai route from July 1. The Boeing aircraft will offer 310 seats in Economy Class, 42 in Business Class and 8 First Class Private Suites.

Emirates operates from the award-winning Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport. Terminal 2 will get another new long-haul service in June, when United Continental adds a new Dublin-Washington service to its existing Dublin-Newark operation.

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