Australians looking to bask in the European Summer will be able to enjoy more of Portugal, as Emirates has launched its new four-times-weekly service to Porto, its second destination in Portugal. The new service provides Australians travellers with a direct flight to the popular city in the north of the country.
Porto is also a burgeoning destination for the river cruise market, with a number of cruise lines offering journeys from the second largest city in Portugal.
The inaugural flight, EK197, touched down at the city’s international airport last Tuesday afternoon, marking the start of the airline’s first service to northern Portugal. The Emirates Boeing 777-200LR, in a two-class cabin configuration featuring Emirates’ newest Business Class and Economy Class seats and interiors, was welcomed by Porto Airport with a water cannon salute. The aircraft has 38 lie-flat seats in Business Class in a 2-2-2 configuration and 264 spacious seats in Economy Class. A video of the inaugural events can be found here.
The flight 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.
Emirates also operates two flights a day between Dubai and Lisbon with Boeing 777-300ERs, offering more than 700 seats a day.