Skip to main content

Emirates resumes flights to several European cities

The Dubai-based airline received $2 billion from the government in August and is gradually approaching its pre-pandemic number of destinations.
This picture shows an Airbus A380 of the Emirates airline during landing on September 24, 2019 at the airport in Duesseldorf, western Germany. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP) (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Emirates announced on Monday the resumption of flights to several European cities. The major Gulf airline is projecting a positive outlook after financial struggles earlier in the year.

The Dubai-based Emirates will resume flights to and from Budapest on Oct. 21. On Nov. 1, it will start flying to and from Bologna, Dusseldorf and Hamburg again. Emirates will then resume flights to and from Lyon on Nov. 4. Each route will have two flights a week, and the resumptions will bring Emirates’ number of European destinations to 31, the airline said in a press release.

“The airline continues to gradually meet travel demand,” said Emirates.

Like other Middle Eastern airlines, Emirates stopped most passenger flights in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. In May, the airline began gradually resuming regularly scheduled international flights. Dubai is a major international transit hub.

The decrease in air travel caused by the coronavirus led to financial hardship for Emirates. In August, the company offered employees unpaid leave for the second time in 2020. In June, it cut hundreds of pilot and cabin crew jobs. Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi and Qatar Airways in Doha have faced similar difficulties.

In late August, the Dubai government gave Emirates $2 billion, which provided some relief.

Emirates is continuing to steadily rebuild its flight network. Late last month, Emirates started flying to Muscat again. Before the crisis, Emirates flew to more than 150 destinations. Once the Lyon route resumes in November, the airline will be at 99 destinations.

Dubai also remains open to international tourism, despite the United Arab Emirates (UAE) experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak at present.

Air travel is a major industry in the UAE. The country has six airlines. At the end of 2019, the sector employed 8,656 pilots, 37,694 flight attendants and 4,321 engineers, according to the state-run Emirates News Agency.

Join hundreds of Middle East professionals with Al-Monitor PRO.

Business and policy professionals use PRO to monitor the regional economy and improve their reports, memos and presentations. Try it for free and cancel anytime.

Free

The Middle East's Best Newsletters

Join over 50,000 readers who access our journalists dedicated newsletters, covering the top political, security, business and tech issues across the region each week.
Delivered straight to your inbox.

Free

What's included:
Our Expertise

Free newsletters available:

  • The Takeaway & Week in Review
  • Middle East Minute (AM)
  • Daily Briefing (PM)
  • Business & Tech Briefing
  • Security Briefing
  • Gulf Briefing
  • Israel Briefing
  • Palestine Briefing
  • Turkey Briefing
  • Iraq Briefing
Expert

Premium Membership

Join the Middle East's most notable experts for premium memos, trend reports, live video Q&A, and intimate in-person events, each detailing exclusive insights on business and geopolitical trends shaping the region.

$25.00 / month
billed annually

Become Member Start with 1-week free trial

We also offer team plans. Please send an email to pro.support@al-monitor.com and we'll onboard your team.

What's included:
Our Expertise AI-driven

Memos - premium analytical writing: actionable insights on markets and geopolitics.

Live Video Q&A - Hear from our top journalists and regional experts.

Special Events - Intimate in-person events with business & political VIPs.

Trend Reports - Deep dive analysis on market updates.

All premium Industry Newsletters - Monitor the Middle East's most important industries. Prioritize your target industries for weekly review:

  • Capital Markets & Private Equity
  • Venture Capital & Startups
  • Green Energy
  • Supply Chain
  • Sustainable Development
  • Leading Edge Technology
  • Oil & Gas
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Banking

Start your PRO membership today.

Join the Middle East's top business and policy professionals to access exclusive PRO insights today.

Join Al-Monitor PRO Start with 1-week free trial