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Emirates Increases London Heathrow Flights to Meet Soaring Demand

An additional five weekly flights between Dubai and Heathrow for the 2023-24 winter season will take the total number of Emirates flights between the two airports to 47 per week

by Fergus Cole

August 18, 2023

Tower Bridge in London / Photo: Marek Masik/Shutterstock

Gulf carrier Emirates will add five weekly flights to London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to meet rising demand for the route during winter.

Starting October 31, a daily service will be added between Dubai International Airport (DXB) and London Heathrow on Tuesdays through Saturdays. The new flights will depart Dubai at 1:20 PM local time and arrive at Heathrow at 5:20 PM. Return flights will leave London at 8:15 PM and arrive in Dubai at 7:15 AM.

Photo: Boeing 777-300ER. Courtesy of Emirates.

The new flights are scheduled to run on a seasonal basis until March 30, 2024, with the slots at Heathrow being leased to Emirates by Cathay Pacific Airways. Emirates will use a Boeing 777-300ER to operate the flights, which have a total capacity for 364 passengers across three cabin classes – First, Business, and Economy.

“This temporary service will meet market demand during the busy winter season and offer customers more travel choices,” said Emirates in a statement.

The new services will take the airline’s total capacity in and out of London Heathrow to record levels, with 47,024 seats per week, beating the previous record of 46,148 weekly seats set in October 2021.

Photo: Courtesy of Simon Infanger / Unsplash

Emirates operates six daily flights between Dubai and London Heathrow with its Airbus A380, representing a capacity of 43,484 seats per week. Its total capacity between all London airports and Dubai will be around 78,200 seats this winter season, with a total of 47 weekly flights to London Heathrow, 21 flights per week to London Gatwick Airport (LGW), and another 14 weekly flights to London Stansted Airport (STN).

Emirates operates an extensive network of flights, connecting the UK and Dubai seamlessly. Passengers can choose from 126 weekly flights to reach their destination. Manchester (MAN) is particularly well-served, with three daily flights ensuring travelers can find a departure time that suits them.

Birmingham (BHX) also benefits from Emirates’ reliable service, with two daily flights available. Meanwhile, Newcastle (NCL) and Glasgow (GLA) enjoy daily flights, providing easy access to these bustling cities from Dubai. With such frequent and reliable flights, Emirates is a top choice for travelers between the UK and Dubai.

Photo: Business Class, Boeing 777. Courtesy of Emirates.

“As we gear up to the peak travel season this winter, we’re pleased to offer customers enhanced connectivity to Dubai and onwards to popular destinations such as India, the Maldives, Bali, and Australia,” said Richard Jewsbury, Emirates’ divisional vice president in the UK.

“We continue to see sustained market demand across our network and look forward to welcoming our customers from London and the surrounding region onboard Emirates.”