Emirates embarks on major expansion

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Emirates embarks on major expansion

New routes will be added to Poland, Australia and France as the Dubai-based group looks ahead to a bumper six months

Emirates embarks on major expansion

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Emirates has revealed that it is embarking on a major expansion of its route network during the second half of 2012, with three additional destinations to be launched in the next six months on top of the 12 new routes already being rolled out.

From 1 November, Emirates will launch four weekly flights to Adelaide, rising to a daily service from 1 February 2013, making Adelaide the airline’s fifth destination in Australia. The airline’s current double-daily service to Perth will grow to 19 weekly flights from 1December, becoming a triple daily operation from 1 March next year.

Across the globe, the French city of Lyon will be added to the Emirates’ network from 5 December, the carrier’s third point in France after Paris and Nice. Emirates will operate five weekly flights to this vibrant economic and tourism centre of south eastern France.

Finally, from 6 February 2013, Emirates will begin flights into Poland, where recently the World bank predicted the highest economic growth in the Central and Eastern European region. The airline will operate a daily service to the capital, Warsaw.

"Emirates is currently in a concentrated and sustained period of global expansion," said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and CEO, Emirates airline & group. "The addition of Adelaide to our network and the boost to our Perth operations demonstrates our commitment to investment and growth in our Australian operations and highlights the economic strength and global demand for the two cities as business, leisure and investment destinations. We will also grow capacity to Melbourne with the introduction of daily A380 services in October, in addition to our existing double decker flight into Sydney.

"Our increased operations into France, linking with Lyon, comes on the heels of our announcing a second A380 service into Paris from 1 January – all of which a response to acute demand for our services to and from this market. Poland continues our exciting push into this region of Europe," he added.

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