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Emirates serves 55 European & North American airports this year; Edinburgh returns soon

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Europe and North America have 40% of Emirates’ available seats in 2024, based on examining Cirium schedules information. The pair’s share has risen from 38% in 2019. Of course, the continents are not just vital in themselves but also to feed many of the operator’s routes to other regions, especially South Asia, Southeast Asia and Australasia. Without this connectivity, Emirates would be a far smaller airline. This article does not consider partner flydubai.

Emirates to Europe and North America 2006-2024

Edinburgh returns this year; it will fly to 40 European destinations

The Scottish capital was previously in Emirates’ network in 2019 and 2020. While Glasgow remained served during the pandemic, albeit with fewer flights than before, Edinburgh was not. That will change on 4 November, when the carrier resumes the 5,780-kilometre route on a daily basis, this time using its new A350-900s rather than the larger-capacity 777-300ER. Edinburgh will be Emirates’ fourth-longest European service after Lisbon, Dublin and Glasgow.

While two Scottish airports will be served again, Istanbul SAW, Porto and Zagreb – all part of its network until 2020 – will not be. SAW and Zagreb are flown by Emirates’ narrowbody partner flydubai, with them unlikely to see Emirates’ large aircraft again, leaving Porto has a future returning destination.

Emirates’ European network comprises 22 countries. It serves eight UK airports, four each in Italy and Germany (but not the coveted Berlin) and three in France. It relies very heavily on the UK, which has over 30% of its European capacity, more than twice as much as second-placed Germany. High UK frequencies (19 daily flights) and strong use of the A380 influence it. Half of Emirates’ UK airports feature in the top 10 list, with LHR being the operator’s number one destination globally.

Athens International Airport

Top 10 Emirates European destinations 2024

Begins Miami-Bogota fifth freedom service soon; now serves 15 North American airports

Emirates began flying to the US in 2004 when it used the A340-300 to JFK. Two decades later, the NYC airport is one of 15 North American airports – in the US, Canada and Mexico – to see its passenger aircraft. The most recent addition was Montreal in 2023 (daily), the result of a loosening of the strict UAE-Canada bilateral. This change also enabled the start of Vancouver, served by partner Air Canada.

Only Fort Lauderdale has exited Emirates’ North American network. It served the Florida airport between 2016 and 2020, partly to feed JetBlue’s flights. Emirates shifted to Miami in 2021, which will be the location of the airline’s next fifth freedom service, Dubai-Miami-Bogota, which begins on 3 June (daily). It will become the airline’s longest route and one of four Dubai-North America one-stop routes. It appears to be more about using aircraft that would otherwise be in Miami for hours, to participate in the big Miami-Bogota market and for freight.

JFK is Emirates’ number one North American airport. It accounts for 22% of available seats to the continent with one of its three daily flights operating via Milan MXP. JFK is its 10th most-served destination networkwide. Until last year, Toronto was always sub-daily, with the rise to daily also because of the loosened ASA. To help further serve the market, partner Air Canada flies daily, while United inaugurated Newark-Dubai in 2023 for the same reason.

Top 10 Emirates North American destinations 2024

Prague Airport