Emirates Airlines is preparing for two travel peaks in December by operating “Concourse A”

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Emirates Airlines confirmed that the coming period will witness two peaks of travel through Dubai International Airport, the first will be at the beginning of next December, coinciding with the National Day of the UAE, while the second peak begins on December 15, 2021 until January 10, 2022, coinciding with the holidays and New Year's Eve, pointing to the airline's plans to prepare for this period, by operating the "Concourse A" building, in order to accommodate the growth in the number of passengers.

The company stated that reservations are constantly increasing, and their rate currently ranges between 65 and 70 percent, at a time when this percentage is expected to rise during December 2021 and January 2022 to range between 75 and 80 percent.

Restore the entire network

In detail, the CEO of Commercial Operations at Emirates Airlines said: Adnan Kazem; The carrier is looking forward to restoring 100% of its pre-coronavirus (Covid 19) network of destinations, and returning to operating the entire fleet during the next fiscal year, in light of the high demand for travel from various destinations, and countries continuing to open their airports, in addition to lifting operational restrictions.

He added during a press interview on the sidelines of the “Dubai Airshow 2021”, which recently concluded, that “Emirates Airlines” currently covers about 90% of the number of pre-pandemic destinations, including most of the main destinations, stressing the airline’s readiness to increase the number of its destinations with the increase in demand for passengers. travel.

Seating capacity

Kazem explained that some markets are witnessing an increase in demand, such as Pakistan, where 100% of the seat capacity has been restored, while the seat capacity of Emirates Airlines in the British market has reached about 85%, pointing out that Emirates Airlines has increased significantly. Large seating capacity to accommodate the growth in demand, in European markets and Europe in general.

The Chief Commercial Officer of Emirates Airlines confirmed that the airline will work to enhance its seat capacity during the coming period in parallel with the growth in demand, pointing out that it currently operates 75% of the total fleet, including 50% of its A380 aircraft, as well as Its entire fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft.

Increasing bookings

Kazem revealed that bookings are constantly increasing, and that the percentage of bookings currently ranges between 65 and 70 percent, while this percentage is expected to rise during December 2021 and January 2022 to range between 75 and 80 percent, indicating that there is a growing demand for travel from some markets.

He pointed out that the visit of 50% of the travelers who came to Dubai during the last period was the first for them, which is due to the fact that the emirate is one of the first cities in the world to open its doors to travelers, in addition to the confidence of visitors in the ideal measures that the emirate followed in dealing with a pandemic. "Covid-19".

Peak season

Kazem said that the peak travel season during the coming period will be at the beginning of next December, coinciding with the UAE National Day, while the second peak in travel demand starts from December 15, 2021 until January 10, 2022 in conjunction with the holidays and New Year's Day, stressing that The carrier prepared for this period by operating the "Concourse A" building, in order to accommodate the growth in the number of passengers and the size of the fleet.

Cargo movement

Kazem revealed that the carrier returned the passenger planes that it was using in freight operations to the passenger transport service again, to take advantage of them with the growth of travel demand, indicating that the demand for freight continues to be at its highest levels, and that the shortage of sea freight containers globally contributed to the high demand for air freight. .

He explained that Emirates Airline's freight revenues normally ranged between 12 and 15 percent of the carrier's total revenues, but during the pandemic period, the percentage of freight revenues increased significantly.

He continued, "In the past two months, passenger reservations have increased, with the demand for travel improving, and during the coming period we will reach pre-pandemic levels."

Travel Tickets

Kazem attributed the increase in travel ticket prices during the current period to the growth in travel demand, in light of the limited size of seat capacity globally, pointing out that some countries are still determining the size of seat capacity as part of the precautionary measures they are taking to confront “Covid 19.” He said, "Therefore, we note that prices are on the rise, which will be temporary, but with the increase in seat capacity and the abolition of the restrictive procedures for carriers, prices will decline to their normal levels."

Two new Freighters

"Emirates SkyCargo will include two new Boeing 777Fs in its fleet in 2022, pointing out that it has signed an agreement to convert four Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to cargo starting in 2023" The Chief Commercial Officer of Emirates Airlines said: Adnan Kazim, said.

He said that «Emirates Airlines» has full flexibility to raise this number with the growth of demand.

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