Emirates will launch a daily service to Bologna, Italy, from its base in Dubai on November 3rd, 2015.
The capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna will be Emirates’ fourth Italian destination bringing Emirates’ weekly flights to Italy to 56.
Set to be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER in a three class configuration, Emirates will offer the only long-haul wide-bodied service to and from Bologna.
The new flight will add 5040 international seats per week to and from the city, enabling customers in Bologna and the surrounding region to conveniently access key Emirates destinations in the Far East, Middle East, Africa and West Asia.
Known as the ‘European Capital of Culture’ Bologna is a vibrant economic and tourism centre as well as being the perfect stepping off point for travellers looking to explore the neighbouring cities of Florence, Verona, Parma and Pisa.
“The addition of a fourth Italian gateway is another new and exciting development for Emirates.
“We have been committed to Italy for over 23 years and in that time we have played an important role in increasing opportunities for business and tourism across the country, thanks to our convenient connections to over 49 destinations in the Far East, Middle East and Africa,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates chief commercial officer.
Home to a large ethnic community Emirates expects to see strong outbound traffic from Bologna to key destinations in the East across India, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Philippines thanks to the airline’s convenient connection times via Dubai.
Top destinations for inbound travel to Bologna are expected to come from the UAE, Japan, China, India and Australia comprising of a mix of trade and tourism traffic.
Passengers to and from Bologna will enjoy unrivalled comfort and amenities on board Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER which is equipped with eight luxurious private suites in First Class, 42 of its latest lie-flat seats in Business Class, and generous space for 310 passengers in Economy Class.
Emirates’ flight EK093 will depart Dubai International Airport at 08:45 and will arrive at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport at 12:20 the same day.
The return flight will depart Bologna at 14:40 and arrive in Dubai at 23:30 the same day.
Emirates has been contributing to Italy’s connectivity since 1992 when it first launched flights to Rome.
In the last 23 years Emirates has grown its presence in line with demand and today, measured on the basis of flights and purchases of Italian goods and services, the airline supports more than 10,000 jobs in Italy and contributes €747 million to the economy.