Emirates to scale up A380 operations to 27 cities to meet demand

September 27, 2021

Emirates is to scale up A380 operations to 27 cities to meet demand as travel restrictions around the globe ease.

Emirates says it will shortly deploy the A380 to an expanded list of destinations starting in October and November. By the end of November, the number of cities that the aircraft will serve will be scaled up to 27, representing a more than 65 percent increase from its current 16.

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With the addition of 11 routes to the A380 network by November, as well as extra frequencies on the most popular ones already being served by the aircraft, Emirates is poised to offer close to 165,000 additional A380 seats to customers.


Over the next six weeks, Emirates will re-instate its signature A380 services to popular leisure and business destinations such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Johannesburg, Madrid, Milan, Riyadh (subject to government approvals), Sao Paulo, and Zurich.

Emirates will also introduce a new route (Istanbul) to its A380 network on October 1.

The airline’s total fleet of A380s will reach 118 by year-end, including six aircraft equipped with Premium Economy seats in a 4-class configuration.

Emirates currently flies to over 120 cities, representing 90 percent of its pre-pandemic network, and plans to restore 70 percent of its capacity by the end of the year and is on track with the return to service of more than 50 A380 aircraft.

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Keeping the health and wellbeing of its passengers as a top priority, Emirates has introduced a comprehensive set of safety measures at every step of the customer journey.

The airline has also been building on its contactless technology offering and has scaled up its digital verification capabilities to provide its customers with even more opportunities to utilise the IATA Travel Pass.

Emirates continues to be a leader in the industry with innovative products and services that address traveller needs during a dynamic time. The airline has taken its customer care initiatives further with even more generous and flexible booking policies, an extension of its multi-risk insurance cover, and helping loyal customers retain their miles and tier status.

Passengers are encouraged to check their latest government travel guidelines and ensure they meet the travel requirements of their final destination. For more information on entry requirements for international visitors and residents returning to Dubai visit: