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Emirates Increases Frequencies to Australia, Returns to Christchurch


Emirates has increased its service to two major cities in Australia: Sydney and Melbourne. The airline will also restart services to Christchurch, New Zealand via Sydney, offering a new path for Australians across the trans-Tasman route.


From 26 March, Melbourne will increase from two to three daily services via Singapore, with a third direct service to also begin to Sydney from 1 May.


The service increase follows the airline’s recent announcement around double daily flights to Brisbane, starting from 1 June. The two services will operate on a three-class Boeing-777 300ER offering passengers Economy, Business and First Class seats.


By mid-year, Emirates will be operating 63 weekly services to Australia with the capacity to transport more than 55,000 passengers per week to and from its major cities. Melbourne and Sydney will be restored to flying at pre-pandemic levels.


The newly restored third Dubai-Melbourne service means Emirates is providing a new connectivity option between Singapore and Melbourne. The Christchurch service via Sydney, beginning 26 March, will offer the only opportunity for passengers between the two cities to fly on an A380, Emirates’ flagship aircraft.


Emirates’ reinstated services:


Sydney – Dubai: third daily non-stop service


From 1 May 2023, Emirates will add a third daily flight between Dubai and Sydney, served by a Boeing 777-300ER. Emirates flight EK416 will depart Dubai at 2130hrs, arriving in Sydney at 1720hrs the next day. The return flight EK417, will depart Sydney at 2010hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0430hrs.


The airline currently serves Sydney with double daily A380 flights, and both services offer the airline’s highly acclaimed Premium Economy experience for customers.


Melbourne – Dubai: third daily service via Singapore


Emirates continues to build on its long-term commitment to stimulating tourism and trade in Victoria with the addition of a third daily flight to Melbourne via Singapore, starting 26 March 2023.


The third flight will operate as EK404 using a Boeing 777-300ER and will depart Dubai at 2115hrs, arriving in Singapore at 0850hrs. The flight will then continue on to Melbourne taking off at 1025hrs from Singapore, arriving at 2035hrs local time.


The return service to Dubai EK405 takes off from Melbourne at 0325hrs, arriving in Singapore at 0815hrs. The flight will then take off for Dubai at 0940hrs, arriving at 1300hrs local time.


Restart of Christchurch via Sydney


Emirates will restart services to Christchurch via Sydney from 26 March 2023, and the A380 flight will operate as EK412 an EK413.


Flight EK412 departs Dubai at 1015hrs, arriving in Sydney at 0700hrs. The flight will then continue, taking off from Sydney at 0845hrs, arriving in Christchurch at 1350hrs.


Flight EK413 will then depart Christchurch at 1820hrs, arriving in Sydney at 1940hrs. The final leg of EK413 will depart to Dubai at 2145hrs, arriving at 0515hrs local time.


Customers in Christchurch will not only be able to enjoy the airline’s flagship aircraft, but will also have double the opportunity to experience the debut of the highly sought-after Premium Economy cabin and latest products across every class of travel. 


Bookings can be made on emirates.com, the Emirates App, or via both online and offline travel agents.

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