Emirates will offer four weekly services between Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, and Dubai from 2 July 2019. Porto will become Emirates’ second destination in Portugal after its capital, Lisbon, which the airline currently serves with two flights a day.
The service will cater to the burgeoning Douro river cruise market.
The new Dubai–Porto route will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class cabin configuration, offering eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class.
Emirates’ new service will provide travellers in northern Portugal, a major urban area, as well as those in the northwest of Spain (cities such as Vigo and Santiago de Compostela) with a direct travel-option to Dubai. Travellers will be able to travel onward to destinations across the airline’s global network, particularly in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.
The flight between Dubai and Porto will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and depart Dubai as EK197 at 0915hrs and arrive in Porto at 1430hrs. The return flight, EK198, will depart Porto at 1735hrs and land in Dubai at 0415hrs the next morning.
The schedule enables travellers to easily and conveniently connect with Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to popular destinations, such as Luanda, Johannesburg, Bangkok, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Sydney.
“Porto is currently enjoying increased levels of tourism, which is also reflective of the growth in the number of visitors to Portugal as a whole. The introduction of this new flight, along with our twice-daily Lisbon service, will help meet this growing demand from both leisure and business travellers, as well as provide them with more choice, flexibility and connectivity when travelling to and from Portugal,” said Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline.