Emirates is again expanding its European network with plans to link Dubai and Vienna. The world’s fastest-growing intercontinental airline will start with four non-stop flights a week to the Austrian capital from 1st May, rising to daily from 15th May.
The new route - which will start barely 20 days after the launch of two other new Emirates services to Glasgow and Shanghai - will make Vienna the 77th destination in a route network that now already serves 74 cities in 52 countries. Europe is increasingly important for Emirates, which has earned more than 250 quality awards from customers since it was set up in 1985.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, Emirates’ Executive Vice President Commercial Operations Worldwide, said: “This new Emirates route will give air travellers and cargo shippers direct access to Dubai, one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-growing centres for tourism and commerce, and a major connecting hub for dozens of cities throughout Africa, Indian sub-continent and Asia-Pacific.”
Austria also will benefit from increased inbound tourism and trade, as well as from Emirates direct investment in Austria’s economy through its new Vienna airport and city centre offices, and the new jobs created by those.
The new Airbus A330-200 service will become increasingly important as the European Union adds new members in Eastern Europe from 1st May, including the more than 27 million combined population of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Mr Al Ghaith said: “Vienna will be right at the heart of the newly expanded part of the European Union. Our decision to launch this route could not be timelier and it’s an opportunity that we couldn’t miss.”