Emirates to triple Spain flights soon
Dubai, May 23, 2012
Emirates has announced that it will soon triple its flights to Spain, which includes the launch of a daily service to Barcelona, starting July 3.
The airline has been stepping up activities in Barcelona, part of the commercially and culturally rich Catalonia region, a statement from Emirates said.
Emirates hosted a media gathering in Barcelona on May 22, sharing the latest on preparations for the Barcelona service and its expansion in Spain.
The new Barcelona link will come two days after the launch of a second Emirates’ flight to Madrid on July 1.
“The new Barcelona flight is the culmination of a very significant increase in our services to Spain, said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ executive vice president, Passenger Sales Worldwide. “In the space of 48 hours, we will have tripled flights to this market in a clear demonstration of our commitment to Spain.”
Barcelona has one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean and thousands of cruise passengers are amongst the city’s 7 million visitors per year. The city is also the capital of the Catalonia region, which receives approximately 25 per cent of annual foreign investment in Spain.
“Dubai is strategically located between east and west. Through our industry leading Emirates’ Terminal 3 in Dubai, companies will have faster and more efficient access to Middle East, African and Asian markets. At the same time, Catalonia will be able to attract more foreign investment and our new daily service will certainly boost the tourist flow in and out of the region,” Antinori said.
Emirates will serve Barcelona with a 360-seat Boeing 777-300ER with highly trained, multi-lingual cabin crew on hand in the first, business and economy class cabins.
The aircraft, amongst the largest in the airline’s fleet, offers luxurious first class private suites, lie-flat seats in business class and a new generation of comfort in economy class, the statement said. First and business class passengers can also enjoy a complimentary chauffeur service to and from the airport.
Throughout all cabin classes, gourmet chef prepared food is served, and the airline’s ice entertainment system carries over 600 channels of movies, TV programmes, games and music.
Emirates SkyCargo has been operating freighter flights to Spain since 2006, largely in support of the country’s fashion industry. Clothes are also amongst Catalonia’s main exports to the Gulf, along with items such as cosmetics, audio and video equipment and fresh food.
In 2010, overall trade between Spain and the UAE reached Dh4.15 billion ($1.13 billion) and has been increasing at a rate of around 15 per cent per year.
Emirates employs over 300 Spanish staff globally, many of whom are cabin crew and pilots, and regularly conducts recruitment exercises in Spain, it said. – TradeArabia News Service
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