Emirates Expects To Serve 143 Destinations By Summer 2021
Emirates Chief Operating Officer (COO) Adel Al Redha said in an interview with CBNC that the air carrier will serve “100% of our network” by next year. It also added that the air carrier will expand its destinations to 75 cities until this September.
According to the company’s website, Emirates currently serves around 80 destinations while in his interview he stated that airline services will be served around 143 destinations by summer 2021 while the frequency of flights will depend on the demand. The Emirates Group subsidiary is the biggest Middle East air carrier which has over 270 aircraft parked in the hanger amidst the COVID-19 virus outbreak.
Lately, Emirates was bringing back the A380 to its Amsterdam-Dubai route; however, it has removed A380 from its services and swapped it with B777 which has fewer seats. Furthermore, the airline carrier has suspended its flights to Fort Lauderdale for an indefinite period. The company’s spokesperson Nick Schweers told TPG that airlines hope to “restart our operations when it is commercially and operationally feasible to do so.”
The Dubai-based airline company optimist approach during the coronavirus crisis is quite commending as much of the other airline companies are quite struggling. For instance, Australia’s carrier Qantas expects only 50% of its international operation by the middle of 2022.
“If I compare our performance now with a month ago, we have almost doubled the number of passengers we have been carrying onboard our aircraft,” Redha said. Last month, the company laid off 9,000 employees due to the pandemic hit. However, it’s offering unpaid leaves to the pilot and attendees to limit the layoffs. The President of Emirates Tim Clark said that “We will probably have to let go of a few more, probably up to 15%.” The company already has undergone 50% of the pay cut owing to the cash crunch.
Recently, Emirates announced that it’s going to increase its flight to India for the people who are stranded in UAE. Moreover, it will be applicable for UAE nationals and residents with prior entry approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA). The company’s airplanes will repeatedly flow over Bengaluru, Kochi, Mumbai, Delhi, and Thiruvananthapuram, until 31 August 2020.
To leverage its market position, Emirates became the first airline to offer Covid-19 insurance. In its new services, passengers will be provided medical treatment, quarantine stay, and even the funeral costs if they get inflicted with coronavirus while traveling with their airlines. “We know people are yearning to fly as borders around the world gradually re-open, but they are seeking flexibility and assurances should something unforeseen happen during their travel,” Emirates Group Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saed AI Maktoum said in a statement.
According to the press release published by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global passenger traffic will not return to pre-COVID levels before 2024. However, it also stated that the short-haul travel will be recovering at a faster rate than long haul travel. Currently, government bodies are taking relief measures that have halted cross-border operations. This, in turn, has tremendously impacted the airline companies.
The coronavirus effect has cost around USD 84 Billion in losses to the aviation industry in 2020 and has decreased revenue by up to 50% as compared to 2019.