With the Heathrow capacity caps in full swing, Emirates is adding extra capacity to Gatwick for a few weeks.
Emirates Boeing 777-300ER – Image, Economy Class and Beyond.
A third daily flight will be added to its Dubai to London Gatwick route, which will operate from 27 July until 3 August 2022.
According to the airline
This third daily flight will help serve high demand from customers travelling to and from London this summer. It will also provide additional seats to accommodate Emirates passengers affected by capacity adjustments on flights from London Heathrow, which will be made to help ease operational pressures at the airport. Emirates’ customers impacted by capacity adjustments at London Heathrow will be contacted directly by the airline or their travel agent. The airline is working closely with its travel partners to re-accommodate any impacted bookings and ensure smooth onward flight connections for customers to reach their planned destination.
The airline will operate the flights as EK11/12. The flight will utlise a three-class Boeing 777-300ER offering seats in First, Business and Economy classes. Flight EK011 and EK012 will operate to and out of London Gatwick in the morning.
Emirates will continue to operate its six daily flights to/from London Heathrow during this period, and its planned restart of the daily services to London Stansted will commence on 1 August.
Adding capacity whilst they can
As we head into the summer holiday season in England, people are wanting to travel to visit those they’ve missed or to relax after a busy few months. With the Heathrow cap in place, Emirates is trying to regain the lost capacity to keep its passengers moving – even with the six A380s that are currently operating to Heathrow and the additional capacity at Gatwick.
With Stansted coming into the mix, at peak, there will be ten flights a day serving the London region before dropping down to nine flights a day.
It seems that Emirates still can flex its network as needed to provide connectivity when put in a spot by an airport. For passengers, it might mean a trip around the M25, but it’s an option – which is something Heathrow isn’t offering at the moment.
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