Rumours abound in the industry that Emirates are looking at the possibility of adding an extra flight to their busy Dubai-Glasgow service which would bring the number of daily flights up to three. With Dubai now the most popular destination for passengers departing from Glasgow Airport and numbers expected to increase in the coming years, Emirates are looking at ways to meet the demand. The other option to putting on a third daily flight would be to deploy one of the shiny, new Airbus A380s on the route in place of the Boeing 777s currently in use. This would increase carrying capacity by about 50% from 360 to 517 passengers. It may be no coincidence that Emirates will mark the 10th anniversary of their Glasgow service on 10 April by flying an A380 on this route for the first, and quite possibly not the last, time.
The Dubai based airline will be keen to protect their market share in Scotland with Qatar Airways about to commence their Edinburgh - Doha route in May and Etihad launching a Scotland - Abu Dhabi service, thought to be Edinburgh, next year and either Glasgow or Aberdeen sometime after.
This is great news both for incoming tourism in Scotland and also business travellers and holiday makers departing for the Middle East, Asia and Australia. If all these routes are viable it should see some much needed competition in this sector and hopefully prices will be reflected accordingly.
At KinClan MPV Executive Travel we look forward to being of service to new and existing Emirates passengers and we look forward to welcoming new clients from Etihad and Qatar in the near future.