Emirates is set to restart its daily flights between Adelaide and Dubai on October 28, providing a second critical one-stop connection between South Australia and Europe.
The service will deliver more than 4,200 airline seats each week between the two destinations. This will deliver more options for international delegates attending conferences and incentives in Adelaide and more options for those departing Adelaide for international business events.
Visitor expenditure to be generated from the Emirates service is estimated to be $62 million per year.
Emirates began flying a daily service between Dubai and Adelaide in 2012 but halted the service at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Reinstating Emirates flights to Adelaide has been a key priority for the state government,” said South Australia’s premier, Peter Malinauskas.
“The Emirates service has been very much missed by South Australians – recommencing daily flights will make Adelaide easier to reach from key long-haul markets and make doing business with our state easier.”
The return of Emirates to Adelaide brings the number of international airlines flying into the city’s airport to 10.
“The return of Emirates to Adelaide has been highly anticipated by passengers and industry for some time,” said Emirates divisional vice president for Australasia, Barry Brown.
“We are equally as excited to again service South Australia and provide the state with opportunities across leisure, culture and tourism and support trade growth opportunities through our connection to Dubai and onwards to destinations worldwide.
“The return of our Adelaide service completes our footprint in Australia serving five points across the country.”