Adnan Kazim: Why Emirates raises global footprints by 31%
Adnan Kazim, Emirates Airlines Chief Commercial Officer, said the company has recorded impressive customers demand which encouraged the airline to boost global operations by 31 per cent.
Kazim said the global aviation giant has continued to expand its international network and enhance capacity to meet travel demand across the world.
He remarked that the Airline’s financial year started relatively quietly as its ramp up was held back until the planned northern runway rehabilitation program at Dubai International airport was completed in June.
He said, “From July 2022 onwards, it’s been non-stop expansion.” Emirates has boosted operations by 31% (total ASKMs) since the start of its financial year and has further plans to ramp up seat capacity in its latest published northern summer schedule starting 26 March 2023.
In the past months, the airline has planned and executed the rapid growth of its network operations – reintroducing services to 5 cities; launching flights to one new destination (Tel Aviv), adding 251 weekly flights onto existing routes and continuing the roll-out of service enhancements in the air and on the ground.
Kazim added that customer demand has been very strong, and the airline’s forward bookings have also remained robust.
“Emirates is working hard on several fronts – to bring back operating capacity as quickly as the ecosystem can manage, while also upgrading our fleet and product to ensure our customers always enjoy the best possible Emirates experience.
So far, four of our A380 aircrafts have been completely refurbished with our new cabin interiors and Premium Economy seats, and more will enter service as our US$2 billion cabin and service enhancement program picks up pace.”
In the coming months, established routes to Europe, Australia and Africa will be served with more Emirates flights, while in East Asia, more cities are seeing route restarts.
Emirates has continued to scale up its A380 operations with the reintroduction of the iconic double-decker across its network: Glasgow (from 26 March), Casablanca from (15 April), Beijing (from 01 May), Shanghai (from 04 June), Nice (from 1 June), Birmingham (from 1 July), Kuala Lumpur (from 01 August), and Taipei (from 01 August).
Emirates had upcoming route enhancements by regions, including in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, East Asia, as well as in Africa which covers Cairo: from 25 to 28 weekly flights by 29October; Dar es Salaam: from 5 flights a week to daily flights starting 01 May and Entebbe: from 6 flights a week to daily flights starting 01 July.