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Emirates returns to Adelaide in October 2024

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Emirates has completed its efforts to restore its capacity in Australia by announcing its return to Adelaide. Starting on October 28, 2024, daily service will resume between the capital of South Australia and the airline’s hub in Dubai.

The reintroduction of this service will meet the increasing demand for travel to and from South Australia, providing passengers with convenient access to over 140 destinations across Emirates’ global network. This will offer a wide array of options, flexibility, and connectivity for travelers.

Emirates initially launched its Adelaide services in 2012 and served more than 165,000 passengers between Dubai and Adelaide in 2019. By December 1st, when Emirates reinstates its second daily service to Perth, the airline will operate 77 weekly flights from Australia, capable of transporting 68,000 passengers per week to and from Australia, effectively restoring its pre-pandemic capacity.

The return of Emirates is a significant milestone for South Australia’s recovery from the pandemic. The South Australian Tourism Commission estimates that the tourism expenditure generated by Emirates’ daily direct non-stop flights will surpass $62 million annually and create over 315 full-time equivalent tourism-related jobs for South Australians. Additionally, each flight will provide 14 tonnes of cargo space, totaling 196 tonnes weekly between Dubai and Adelaide. The value of freight exports is projected to reach $98 million per year, resulting in a total estimated expenditure generated by Emirates’ flights to Adelaide of $160 million.

Dubai-Adelaide flights

“The Emirates service has been very much missed by South Australians – recommencing daily flights will make Adelaide easier to reach from key long-haul markets and make doing business with our state easier.” — South Australia Premier, Peter Malinauskas

The Adelaide service, operating daily on the Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, will feature 38 Business Class seats along with 264 seats in Economy Class, providing a total of 302 seats per flight and offering over 4,200 weekly seats between Dubai and Adelaide. The Business Class on the Adelaide service by Emirates will adopt a 2-2-2 configuration.

Emirates’ flight EK440 will take off from Dubai at 02:00hrs and land in Adelaide at 20:50hrs. The return flight, EK441, will depart from Adelaide at 22:35hrs and arrive in Dubai at 05:15hrs. All timings are local.

“The return of our Adelaide service completes our current footprint in Australia serving five points across the country. With special thanks to our partners at the South Australian Tourism Commission and Adelaide Airport, we could not be prouder to be fulfilling Emirates’ commitment to Australia. We’re already looking ahead to welcoming our first passengers from Adelaide on board in October.” — Barry Brown, Divisional Vice President Australasia at Emirates

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