Emirates boosts Manila-European flights

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino business and leisure travellers and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) now have access to Northern Europe with the start of Emirates Airline’s new extra services to Austria and Germany.

Four extra flights have been added to the Dubai-based carrier’s daily service to Vienna on March 27. The additional Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday flights is served by an Airbus A340-500, offering 12 First Class Private Suites, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 204 seats in Economy.

From September 1, the multi-awarded airline’s daily flight to Hamburg becomes double daily. The extra frequencies are supported by a Boeing 777-200, also in a three-class configuration.

Emirates is strengthening its operations in Northern Europe by adding more flights to Austria and Germany on the back of new route announcements into Switzerland and Denmark.

“By providing these extra flights, we are responding to strong demand for additional capacity on the Vienna and Hamburg routes,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe Russian Federation. “The strengthened services will foster new business and tourism to two of our key European destinations and provide even more convenient connections to onward travel through our international hub of Dubai.”

“These additional services from Emirates Airline will provide Filipino travellers better access not only to Austria and Germany, but also to Northern Europe as well,” said Gigie Baroa, Emirates’ Philippines Country Manager. “The extra flights will further improve passenger traffic between Manila, Vienna, Hamburg, and Dubai – all key destinations for business and tourism.”

Baroa said that the introduction of additional flights to Vienna and Hamburg is a major development for air travel all over the world because these new services are expected to increase the population of Filipino travellers in Austria and Germany.