Offering much cheer to frequent travellers between UAE and South Africa, Dubai-based Emirates has announced that it will launch a fourth daily flight between Dubai and Johannesburg, 26 October 2014.
Emirates Airlines, Dubai-based carrier, has made its plans clear to introduce a fourth daily flight between Dubai (UAE) and Johannesburg (South Africa) from 26th October 2014. This will bring the total number of daily flights to South Africa to seven. Further, the new flight operation, once underway, will bring up Emirates’ total number of scheduled flights between the two countries to 49 a week.
Apart from offering air tickets to Johannesburg, Emirates also serves the cities of Cape Town and Durban in South Africa.
The airline insists that the increase in the demand for air tickets on the route has led the airline to offer additional flights to South Africa.
“We are introducing our fourth daily service between Dubai and Johannesburg to meet the growing passenger demand for flights between these two important business and tourism hubs. The increased frequency gives our customers greater flexibility in their travel plans and enhances connectivity to other flights on the Emirates network through our Dubai hub,” said Orhan Abbas, Emirates Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Latin America, Central and Southern Africa.
“We have seen a healthy year-on-year increase in passenger numbers on the route, reflecting the steady economic and tourism growth of both cities and this investment demonstrates our confidence in the strength of the market. Johannesburg remains an important gateway for inbound traffic and we are pleased to provide more connectivity options to our customers, especially those from the GCC, Middle East, the UK, USA, Germany and France. The fourth daily flight will also enhance connection convenience for outbound passengers going to India, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangkok and Jordan, Qatar and Iran,” he added.
The airline will be operating the new flights with a Boeing 777-300ER. EK767 will depart Dubai at 2320hrs and arrive at Johannesburg at 0535hrs the following day. For the return journey, EK768 will leave Johannesburg at 0930hrs and will arrive in Dubai at 1940hrs. Travellers seeking air tickets on the new service will have the option of booking seats across the three-class configuration. More than 300 seats are available for fliers hoping to secure economy class tickets with the carrier.
In another related development, Emirates and South African Airways have expanded their code-share partnership. The expansion is a sign of a successful partnership between the two carriers.