Emirates’ flights to Venice will go double daily from 25th March next year. The airline, which started flying to Venice in July 2007, is still the only carrier to offer a non-stop passenger service to and from Dubai.
The second daily flight, EK 137, will leave Dubai at 1545hrs and arrive in Venice at 2000hrs. The return flight, EK 138, will leave Venice Marco Polo Airport at 2150hrs, landing in Dubai at 0535hrs the next day.
A 267-seat Airbus 340-300 will operate the route in a three class configuration; First, Business and Economy.
“Since launching our third gateway into Italy four years ago, Venice has gone from strength, both on the passenger and cargo side, said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Europe & Russian Federation. “There is clearly a need for another daily service and we will help to satisfy that demand,” added Mr Obaidalla.
Venice is one of the world’s best known tourist destinations and the area surrounding the city in Italy’s north east is an important commercial region, bustling with small and medium sized companies. The Emirates’ service out of Venice also provides a useful alternative for travellers in neighbouring Slovenia.
Emirates has a special treat for First Class and Business Class passengers in Venice as the only airline in the world to offer a water limousine airport transfer service, whisking passengers through the Venetian Lagoon.
News of the extra daily flight comes just two weeks after Emirates made a further major commitment to Italy by placing a 489-seat A380 on one of its twice daily Rome flights. This enables passengers on the Rome route to travel all the way from Italy to Australia on the popular A380, as well as other key markets served by the double decker, such as China and Thailand.
After starting flights to Italy in 1992, Emirates now operates 35 flights per week to Venice, Rome and Milan, contributing to a US$ 4.6 billion trade relationship between Italy and the UAE.
With a fleet of 165 aircraft, including 19 A380s, Emirates flies to 116 destinations in 68 countries across six continents.