1 OCTOBER 2018

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Article from BTNews 1 OCTOBER 2018

Emirates trims Edinburgh route

Frequencies on Emirates’ new Edinburgh route which begin today, Monday, are to be cut from daily to five-a-week between 28 October and 1 June, except during the peak Christmas and New Year period.

Apologising to passengers for any disruption to their plans, the airline said: “This decision was made after a recent review of our operations, which was undertaken to ensure the optimal commercial utilisation of our aircraft fleet.

“Passengers with bookings on the affected flights should contact Emirates or the travel company where their original booking was made for assistance.”

Passengers already booked are being offered seats on flights from Glasgow – from where Emirates flies twice a day to Dubai – or Newcastle instead.

As well as the commercial aspect, Emirates is having to plan ahead for a scheduled closure of the Dubai airport runway for upgrading between 16 April – 30 May next year. A spokesman said once that work was complete "we’ll resume with a daily service to Edinburgh from 1 June".

Securing the route was seen as a major coup for Edinburgh Airport as Emirates offers the biggest route network via its Dubai hub compared to other Middle Eastern carriers. Airport officials said they were confident the daily service would be reinstated next summer.

(See also ‘More cutbacks at Norwegian’ in this issue).

www.emirates.com

www.edinburghairport.com

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