London Stansted became the third London airport and seventh in the UK to welcome direct Dubai flights from Emirates on 8 June. On hand to greet the inaugural flight were Hubert Frach, Divisional SVP Commercial Operations West, Emriates; Ken O’Toole, CEO, London Stansted; and Richard Jewsbury, Divisional VP UK, Emirates. With the introduction of this new daily service, the Dubai-based carrier will now offer up to 10 flights per day to London.
Emirates made a return to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen on 8 June, an airport which it last served in July 2016. To commemorate the MEB3 carrier’s return, the Turkish airport baked this fantastic cake depicting the airline taking off in front of the airport terminal. Emirates will offer five weekly flights between Dubai and Sabiha Gökçen.
- Emirates added two new routes from Dubai (DXB) on 8 June, introducing Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) and London Stansted (STN) to its network. Both routes will be flown by the airline’s 777-300s. The 2,964-kilometre Turkish connection will be operated five times per week and faces incumbent competition in the form of flydubai, Pegasus Airlines and Turkish Airlines, which will offer 23 combined frequencies between Dubai and Sabiha Gökçen during the week commencing 12 June. The 5,456-kilometre Stansted sector will be flown daily and there is no incumbent competition. “We decided to add London Stansted to our network because we saw an opportunity to directly connect the local community with some of the world’s most popular leisure and business destinations,” said Hubert Frach, Divisional SVP, Commercial Operations West, Emirates. “Previously, London’s North East, and the wider 7.5 million people that live within Stansted’s catchment areas had to travel into the city, or further, to access airports with global reach. Now, this daily flight to Dubai connects passengers seamlessly to Emirates’ points across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia. There’s been a real appetite for increased connectivity between the thriving business community in the East of England and our global network too. The new gateway will support the swell of new start-ups, SMEs and established businesses in the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor by giving them access to new cities and countries across the globe.” Ken O’Toole, CEO, London Stansted said: “Today is a truly significant moment in the history of London Stansted and we are delighted that our millions of passengers, based in London and the East of England, will see huge benefits from the direct connectivity between the airport and Emirates’ hub in Dubai and its vast array of onward connections.” The new Stansted route means Emirates now serves seven airports in the UK, while it offers 10 daily flights from London to Dubai. See how London Stansted and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world.