Another UK Gateway: Stansted Secures Emirates

Emirates is fast becoming a household name across the UK thanks to its large share of the market between the UK and the Middle East, Africa, Asia & Oceania. Although competing with many other airlines in this market (most notably Qatar and Etihad), Emirates has mastered scaling a market – serving London 9-times daily and Manchester 3-times daily, all with the Airbus A380. Unlike Etihad, they have also expanded into regional markets such as Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow – a trend we saw extended with Qatar’s launch to Cardiff announced earlier this year.  Many asked where Emirates would go next; now we know.

Emirates will launch daily Dubai-London Stansted services from the 8th June 2018. The aircraft operated will be the new three-class Boeing 777-300ER featuring 6 seats in first class, 42 in business class and 306 in economy class, featuring the revamped cabins in all classes.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The new EK33/34 flight will arrive into Stansted at 14:10 and depart back to the UAE at 21:10, arriving into Dubai the following morning.

Emirates says that Stansted serves a “thriving business community in London’s north east and the wider 7.5 million population that fall within its catchment area.” According to research carried out by Emirates, Hong Kong, Dubai, Shanghai, Singapore and Mumbai are the most popular business destinations from the East of England. All of these are conveniently served via Emirates’ Dubai hub.  In addition to this, more than 25 of the world’s largest corporations have established operations in the wider Cambridge and Peterborough area, with Airbus, Astra Zeneca and GSK amongst the multi-national companies based there. This service is clearly intended to not only appeal to the leisure market of the area but also to the pharmaceutical industries based there.

Although Stansted has enjoyed flights to Asia before, this will be the first and only connection to Dubai.

Ken O’Toole, the CEO of Stansted whom recently transferred from fellow MAG Airport Manchester, said “We’re delighted that Emirates has recognised the strength of London Stansted’s catchment and the opportunity that our available runway capacity gives them to continue growing in the South East of England over the next decade.”

This new expansion will mean that, from Summer 2018, Emirates will offer 10 flights every day from London to Dubai.