DUBAI, 31 July 2018: Emirates will introduce two additional flights to Toronto, complementing its existing schedule of three flights weekly.
The additional Toronto flights will be introduced 18 August and will operate on a Saturday departing Dubai as EK241 at 0330 and arrive in Toronto at 0930.
The return flight, EK242, will leave Toronto at 1425 and arrives in Dubai at 1140 the next day.
Both flights will be on Emirates’ A380 with private suites in first class, lie flat seats in business class and spacious seats in economy class.
Emirates celebrated 10 years of operations in Canada last October, demonstrating the airline’s ongoing commitment to the market.
Over the past decade, Emirates introduced new aircraft on the route from a Boeing 777 in October 2007 to the flagship A380 in 2009. The A380 scheduled service increased passenger capacity on the Toronto service by 40% and since then, passenger occupancy on the route has been consistently full, averaging 90% with demand outstripping supply. The additional frequency will fulfil the strong demand on the route and add 65% capacity to the market.
The additional flights will give travellers from Toronto and from across Emirates’ network, even more choice and connectivity when booking their travel via the Dubai hub.
It will help to further boost inbound tourism for Canada and meet growing demand from travellers from key destinations in the United Arab Emirates, India, Pakistan, Iran, Bangladesh, South Africa and Saudi Arabia.
Passengers from Canada will also be able to take advantage of the additional flights to travel to popular destinations like Dhaka, Kabul, Tehran, Karachi, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Johannesburg.
The additional flights will also unlock seamless connectivity to Emirates’ partner airline, FlyDubai’s robust regional network with conveniently timed connections to Ha’il, Dammam and Medina in Saudi Arabia; Najaf, Basra and Erbil in Iraq; Kuwait, Colombo, Dar-es-Salam and Bahrain.
Since 5 June, UAE nationals no longer need a visa to travel to Canada for short stays.
Emirates also has established codeshare partnerships in Canada with WestJet and Alaska Airlines, connecting travellers from across its global network to more Canadian cities and vice-versa.
Reciprocally, Canadian nationals can receive a 30-day visa on arrival when visiting the UAE. Travellers looking to stop in Dubai before embarking on their onwards journey can book a Dubai Stopover package, which includes sightseeing, short excursions and tours, hotel stays and much more. The packages aim to provide passengers the opportunity to enjoy and maximise their holidays at an affordable rate.
Emirates has been a key contributor to Canadian connectivity, trade, tourism and infrastructure over the years. Since the inaugural flight in October 2007, Emirates has carried over 1.4 million passengers through its Toronto – Dubai route.
*Based on summer schedules for 2018. Winter schedules will come into effect on October 28, 2018