Emirates has announced its second daily A380 flight on its Dubai-Melbourne route to meet demand for international travel following Australia’s borders reopening in February 2022.
Starting May 1, 2022, the airline will offer customers fourteen weekly services from Dubai to Melbourne. Emirates also said in a press release that the expansion is supported by the Victorian Government to help fast-track the return of international flights to Melbourne and bring more visitors to the state.
The airline had also recently increased its services for flights to Perth (daily flights starting May 2022) and Brisbane (daily flights since March 2022). Since March 2022, Emirates has also been flying double daily on the A380 to Australia’s most populous city, Sydney.
The A380 Emirates double daily service to Melbourne will have 4 first class suites, 76 lie-flat seats in business class and 426 economy class seats.
Emirates’ additional daily Melbourne flight will depart Dubai daily at 10:05 local time, arriving in Melbourne at 05:30 local time the following day. From Melbourne, the flight will depart at 05:15 and arrive in Dubai at 13:10.
The additional flight will join the existing service which flies daily from Dubai, departing at 02:40 local time and arriving at 21:50 local time in Melbourne. From Melbourne, the flight departs at 21:15 and is scheduled to arrive in Dubai at 05:15h the next day.
Australia is the third-largest destination for Emirates’ A380 operations. The airline says that it has been continuously committed to increasing flights to Australia, which will increase to 42 weekly flights by May 2022.
“Our second daily A380 service reaffirms our ongoing commitment to Australia and our loyal passengers as demand for international travel continues to increase. The newly expanded flight schedule also means our customers can experience three continents in one day, enjoying their breakfast in Australia, lunch in Dubai, and dinner in Europe,” Emirates divisional vice president for Australasia Barry Brown said in a statement.
“Emirates’ inaugural flight to Australia arrived in Melbourne in 1996. Since, we have carried more than 11 million passengers on this key route and we are delighted that Victorian travelers and businesses can continue to enjoy the global reach that our expansive network offers.”