Emirates is bolstering capacity on its trunk Australian routes to Sydney and Melbourne as the country prepares to reopen its borders to international travel from 1 November 2021.
Responding to pent up demand into and out of Australia, coupled with NSW achieving its targeted vaccination rate and Victoria closely behind, the two states will allow vaccinated travellers to return to Australia without quarantine.
Following the easing of travel restrictions, from 2 November 2021 Emirates is stepping up the frequency on flights EK414/415 between Dubai and Sydney to daily operated by a Boeing 777-300ER. Flights to Melbourne will operate as a four-weekly service as EK408/409, with the potential to increase in line with demand.
In another positive sign that the recovery is well underway for Australia, capacity on flights to Sydney and Melbourne will return to 100%, allowing 354 passengers across all cabins to travel on its flights. Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family members will be able to enjoy unrestricted travel once again to and from the two points for the first time since the pandemic began, whether travelling abroad to global destinations for leisure or finally travelling home to visit family or friends, as long as they are vaccinated against COVID-19 with a TGA-approved vaccine.
From 1 December, Emirates’ flagship A380 aircraft, will also return to the Australian skies, serving the Dubai-Sydney route, on a daily basis.
Commenting on the airline’s ramp-up of operations to Australia, Barry Brown, Emirates Divisional Vice President for Australasia, said: “We are extremely delighted to once again be able to extend our services to Australians, with the capacity and frequency that they deserve.
“Passengers will appreciate the return to normality – for vaccinated travellers wishing to go home to Australia, this will mean no more restrictions on capacity and no quarantine on arrival into New South Wales or Victoria, ultimately allowing them to see their families sooner.
“Starting November 1st, Australians will also be able to plan a holiday and travel internationally. Of course that’s good news for us as we are ready to serve those customers with access to our network spanning more than 120 destinations via our hub in Dubai, which is convenient for those considering a stopover to embrace the wonders of Expo 2020 Dubai.”
Customers are urged to check the applicable eligibility requirements prior to booking as they are subject to change by the Australian federal and state governments.
“We would like to thank our customers for their loyalty as we navigated the challenges together since the start of the pandemic,” Brown added.
“We are more than ever committed to Australia and it is especially exciting for us to add Sydney to the growing network of destinations served by our popular A380 aircraft. Our customers appreciate the spaciousness and amenities of the flagship A380 and starting in December they will be able to experience the exceptional product when flying to or from Sydney,” he said.
Emirates continues to operate to Brisbane and Perth with government–mandated capacity restrictions in place, requiring all passengers to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine until travel restrictions are relaxed in Queensland and Western Australia.