Emirates returns to pre-pandemic levels in Australia

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Emirates is expanding its services in Sydney and Melbourne, returning the airline’s capacity to pre-pandemic levels, another sign that Australia’s airline industry is returning to normal.

From March 26, Emirates will increase its daily flights from Melbourne to Dubai, via Singapore, from two to three.

In addition, from 1 May there will be a daily direct connection to Dubai from Sydney.

The additional flights will allow Emirates to operate at pre-pandemic levels from Sydney and Melbourne.

“Aadding a third daily service to Sydney and Melbourne will add more than 500,000 additional seats to and from Australia in a year,” said Australasia division vice president Barry Brown.

“The fact that the two cities are operating at pre-pandemic frequencies again is a phenomenal milestone in our recovery of Australian capacity and a testament to our long-standing commitment to flying Down Under.”

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By mid-2023, Emirates will have the capacity to fly more than 55,000 passengers to and from Australia’s major cities, with 63 weekly flights.

Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert said the additional flights are a “significant step towards the recovery of Australia’s international aviation”.

The announcement, made on Monday, follows the announcement of dual daily flights to Brisbane from June 1.

Emirates is also resuming Christchurch, New Zealand service via Sydney.

The airline is not alone in adding more flights from Australia.

Last year, Jetstar announced direct flights from Auckland to Brisbane, starting in March. Virgin also announced it would fly 2,000 people a week from Cairns to Tokyo from June this year.

Foreign arrivals and departures are on the rise

Travel numbers are slowly returning to pre-pandemic levels. Photo: AAP

The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently released data showing travel numbers are returning to where they used to be.

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In January 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, Australia welcomed 2.26 million travellers, while 2.24 million people left the country.

Due to COVID and subsequent restrictions and border closures, there were very few arrivals and departures.

In November, however, Australia registered 1.27 million arrivals and 1.52 million departures – the highest figures in years.

Shown is the ABS chart for international arrivals and departures
International arrivals and departures are creeping back to where they were pre-COVID.

And the Sydney to Melbourne itinerary was also one of the busiest in the world again for 2022, according to flight analytics provider OAG.

It has an annual seat total of more than 8.2 million.

Cheaper airline tickets?

With the return of domestic travel last year, the surge in demand led to an increase in prices.

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“Airfares have risen due to strong travel demand and limited supply as airlines scaled back schedules in response to high jet fuel costs and operational challenges,” said Anna Brakey, commissioner of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, in December.

Fortunately, ACCC President Gina Cass-Gottlieb told the Announce sun prices are starting to moderate.

When asked when airfare costs would return to pre-pandemic levels, she said the ACCC hoped by the middle of the year.

She said pent-up demand for domestic travel came back much faster last year than the airlines had capacity for.

“We are particularly keen to see them continue to increase capacity to meet the interest of Australians in flying,” she said, adding that limiting demand and keeping prices high is “seriously anti-competitive.” behavior” would be.