Emirates airline still sees green shoots for traffic growth in Europe, according to Thierry Aucoc, senior vice president commercial operations Europe and Russian Federation at the Dubai-based carrier.
Speaking to Arabian Business, Aucoc said Europe is the carrier’s largest revenue contributor.
“Europe is a very important region for Emirates and constitutes the largest revenue contribution in our network. Even with the economic and geo-political issues that Europe has been facing, we still see a number of green shoots and good stories when it comes to overall demand and traffic growth,” he said.
Aucoc added that the UK market has grown over 30 percent in the last three years and is the most profitable on Emirates’ network.
Emirates in July added a new route to Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, with a four times weekly service between Dubai. The route has seen a strong influx of traffic, according to Aucoc, with school summer holidays and Eid breaks having played a major role in the influx of travellers to the city.
It marked Emirates’ second destination in Portugal after its capital, Lisbon, which it currently serves with two flights a day.
The airline will also launch a daily service from Dubai to Mexico City via Spanish city Barcelona starting from December 9.
The new route will be operated with a two-class Emirates Boeing 777-200LR which offers 38 Business Class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration and 264 seats in Economy Class.
On Sunday, Emirates President Tim Clark said the launch of the airline’s premium economy class will be delayed due to the late arrival of the Boeing’s 777x jetliner, for which Emirates is the plane’s launch customer, with 150 orders.
Speaking at a Dubai media briefing yesterday, Clark said he “would strongly suggest” that the planes are unlikely to be delivered on time in June 2020. Boeing said the delay may be due to problems with the planes’ General Electric-made turbines.
“We still have not had sight on a resolution on that. So if you ask me when, how, and what, I can’t tell you because I don’t know,” he said.