AviationEmirates marks one of its busiest summer ever, flying 14 million passengers between June and August.

Hot summer steak for Emirates with 14 million passengers

Dubai is one of Emirates' most popular destinations.
Dubai is one of Emirates' most popular destinations. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/rebius

Emirates has concluded one of its busiest summers ever with record-breaking results, having transported more than 14 million passengers globally from June to August. Despite challenges like rising living costs, the airline maintained an average seat load factor of over 80%.

Looking ahead, Emirates predicts continued strong demand for international travel across its network. Dubai remained popular, drawing two million customers during the summer. Key inbound markets included the UK, India, Germany, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Egypt, and Kuwait. Families accounted for over 35% of Dubai visitors on Emirates flights, staying more than two weeks to explore the city's attractions.

As winter approaches, Dubai's event-filled calendar, including conferences and sporting events, is expected to drive further travel demand. The Emirati welcomed 8.5 million international visitors in the first half of 2023, surpassing the figures from the previous year.

During the summer months, Emirates operated nearly 50,000 flights to and from 140 cities, showcasing its extensive global reach. The airline's collaboration with 157 airline and rail partners grants travellers access to over 800 cities in 100 countries beyond its own network.

Emirates also made strategic enhancements to its services this summer, introducing daily flights to Montreal, Canada, and adding flights to meet the seasonal demand for 12 cities.

Notable developments included the reintroduction of daily A380 services to Birmingham, Nice, Taipei, and Shanghai. The airline's new A380 service to Bali, offering the first Premium Economy seats in Indonesia, marked a significant milestone.

Additionally, Emirates unveiled its latest 4-class A380 aircraft featuring Premium Economy seats on routes to Singapore, Los Angeles, and Houston. The airline also expanded its interline and codeshare agreements with Kenya Airways, Air Canada, and Philippine Airlines.

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