Emirates expected to suspend Edinburgh-Dubai flights

An Emirates Boeing 777-300 will continue to serve Glasgow for the time being.An Emirates Boeing 777-300 will continue to serve Glasgow for the time being.
An Emirates Boeing 777-300 will continue to serve Glasgow for the time being. | JPIMedia

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The Middle East airline is also understood to be halving its Glasgow services to one a day.

The changes next Wednesday would make Emirates the latest airline to ground flights at Scotland’s busiest airport, which yesterday announced it would partially shut down after traffic fell by 65 per cent.

The move would also further reduce options for Scots trying to return home because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Emirates’ Dubai hub offers a one-stop connection from destinations across Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

A source told The Scotsman: “They are suspending Edinburgh but keeping Glasgow at one daily Boeing 777 until 30 June when they hope to return to a normal schedule.”

A statement confirming the cuts is understood to have been sent to the travel trade.

It said: “Emirates’ flights to London Heathrow will be reduced to two flights a day, while Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham will be served with one flight a day from 25 March to 30 June.

“These destinations will all be served by Boeing 777s.

”The airline will also temporarily suspend its fights to Newcastle, London Stansted, London Gatwick and Edinburgh over the same period.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

“We continue to monitor the situation closely, and look forward to resuming normal operations when feasible.”

A UK spokesman for Emirates would say only that route updates were posted on the Emirates website.

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The website stated: “The situation remains dynamic, and our flight schedules may change at short notice to comply with regulatory directives or operational requirements.”

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