A strawberry cake was on offer when Emirates arrived in Barcelona. The launch of daily flights to the Catalan capital coincides with Emirates’ doubling of frequencies to twice-daily to Madrid.
As Emirates arrived in Portugal’s capital Lisbon, the city’s mayor, António Costa, exchanged gifts with Emirates’ EVP Passenger Sales Worldwide, Thierry Antinori.
- Emirates launched two new routes to the Iberian Peninsula from its Dubai (DXB) hub in the last week. Complementing its flights to Spain’s capital Madrid (that just increased to double-daily), Emirates launched each daily operations to Barcelona (BCN) and Portugal’s capital Lisbon (LIS) on 3 and 9 July respectively. The Spanish route is served with 360-seat 777-300ERs, while Emirates serves the Portuguese capital with 290-seat 777-200ERs. In Lisbon, Emirates now provides the first route to the Middle East or Asia after El Al’s weekly Tel Aviv flights, while Emirates is the second Gulf carrier to operate to Barcelona, which Qatar Airways already serves from its Doha hub. However, Barcelona’s connectivity with Asia is limited, with only Singapore Airlines and PIA operating low-frequency routes, suggesting that Emirates is entering an underserved market. Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ SVP Commercial Operations Europe & Russia, said: “Connecting Spain to our network with three flights a day from what was a daily flight to Madrid is a major boost to our operations and underscores our commitment to the Spanish market.”