Emirates has announced it is planning to increase its services to South Africa by using larger planes to Durban.

Emirates has announced it will be adding more capacity on it flights to Durban in response to the high demand for the service from its passengers.

The carrier announced it will be commencing the larger flights to the city’s King Shaka International Airport as its customers are asking for more seats to the city from the United Arab Emirates.

A 354-seat Boeing 777-Extended Range aircraft will now be used on the route, rather than the Airbus A330-200 which is currently used, a move which will increase the airline’s capacity by around 30 per cent.

Jean-Luc Grillet, Emirates senior vice-president for commercial operations in Africa, said: “We have experienced positive growth which we attribute to a growing recognition of this city as a popular tourist destination and one of the key trading hubs in South Africa.”

Emirates also recently used its flights to Durban to showcase a new method of flying, which it stated would help to dramatically reduce carbon emissions.

Written by Alex Cochrane

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