Emirates to expand mainland China operations

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Emirates announced that it will ramp up its operations in China ahead of the New Lunar Year and in response to strong travel demand, boosting connectivity to its gateways; Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing, as the country reopens its borders and eases its COVID-related entry restrictions.

Emirates will resume passenger services to Shanghai starting with two weekly flights operated by an Airbus A380 aircraft from 20th January 2023, with EK302 departing from Dubai to Shanghai non-stop and EK303 making a short stop in Bangkok before returning to Dubai.

This service will ramp up in frequency to four weekly flights operated by a three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft from 2nd February 2023. Emirates will further boost its Dubai-Shanghai route from 1st March 2023 with a daily non-stop service.

Starting from 1st February 2023, the airline will increase services between Dubai and Guangzhou with EK362/EK363 operating as daily non-stop flights with the flagship Emirates A380.

Operated by a three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, Emirates’ flight EK308/ EK307 will return to China’s capital city Beijing with a daily non-stop service from Dubai, starting from 15th March 2023.

This will bring the airline’s operations in the market up to 21 weekly flights, providing increased choice and flexibility for both business and leisure travellers, and contributing to China’s tourism recovery.