Emirates to fly from Stansted Airport to Dubai
Stansted Airport has secured a new daily service to Dubai, operated by Emirates.
A three-class Boeing 777-300ER will fly the route from June 8 next year, connecting the Essex hub with Emirates’ network of more than 150 destinations worldwide.
Stansted’s position at the heart of the M11 corridor linking east London with the tech and pharma businesses of Cambridge and Peterborough has been key to the decision.
More than 25 of the world’s largest corporations are based in the wider Cambridge and Peterborough area, including Airbus, Astra Zeneca and GSK, and have helped to establish the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor as one of the top five global knowledge regions, alongside world-leading San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Boston.
Laurie Berryman, Emirates’ vice-president for the UK, said: “The introduction of the new Stansted-Dubai route not only signifies 10 daily flights between Dubai and three different London airports but is also welcome news to businesses based in the Stansted catchment area who, before now, travelled to central London to fly to airports with global reach.
“The additional gateway will also prove useful to the new start-ups and existing SMEs which form a growing section of the Cambridge business community. We pride ourselves as an airline in connecting people and economies, and the addition of the Stansted gateway is the latest on our growing network.”
Emirates’ “strategic decision” aims to capitalise on Stansted’s 7.5 million-strong catchment area. Hong Kong, Dubai, Shanghai, Singapore and Mumbai are the most popular business destinations from the East of England, which Emirates serves daily through its Dubai hub.
Holidaymakers can enjoy direct, daily services to Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Bali and the Indian Ocean islands.
The three-class Boeing 777-300ER offers six first-class seats, 42 in business class and 306 in economy. Outbound flight EK33 will depart Dubai at 9.30am, arriving in Stansted at 2.10pm. The return, flight EK34, will depart Stansted at 9.10pm and arrive in Dubai at 7.05am the following day.
Ken O’Toole, Stansted’s chief executive, said: “We’re delighted that Emirates has recognised the strength of Stansted’s catchment and the opportunity that our available runway capacity gives them to continue growing in the South East over the next decade.
“At this crucial time, the new Emirates services will provide an important boost to the UK economy by strengthening international connectivity and offering greater choice and convenience for passengers travelling to long-haul destinations.
“Stansted has seen significant capital investment and growth since its acquisition by MAG in 2013 and we’re looking forward to working with Emirates as we move forward with the next phase of development of the airport and its network of destinations.”
Stansted will also be vital for Emirates’ SkyCargo, its freight division and the world’s largest international cargo airline, owing to its large cargo handling capabilities. The carrier connects cargo customers to 154 cities in 84 countries across six continents and flies 140,000 tonnes of cargo in and out of the UK in an average year.
Stansted becomes the seventh airport that Emirates operates out of in the UK, after Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow.