Emirates to launch Amsterdam flights, more routes to follow
Emirates is to launch flights to Amsterdam, the capital city of The Netherlands from May 1, 2010, part of a new expansion plan over the coming months, the carrier said on Thursday.
The Dubai airline said further routes would be announced next year, supported by continuing aircraft deliveries.
Amsterdam will be the airline's 23rd route into Europe. The daily, non-stop service from Dubai will be operated with a combination of 777-200LR and 777-300ER aircraft, the company said in a statement.
It is the fourth new destination to be announced this year after Durban and Luanda were both launched in October and Tokyo was recently announced with a start date of March 28, 2010.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline & Group, said: "We are extremely pleased to announce a new service into Europe at this time and I'm sure it's a development that will be welcomed with open arms in The Netherlands.
"Amsterdam is already an important offline market for Emirates and we know there is significant passenger traffic heading from Amsterdam to Dubai and onto Africa, the Indian Sub-continent, Asia and the Far East."
The new European service also comes on the back of exclusive lounge openings in Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Manchester and extra frequencies to Rome, building up to a double daily in February.
During December, Emirates will take delivery of two further A380s, which will be deployed to Seoul from December 14 and Paris two weeks later.
Last month, the carrier announced half year net profits of AED752 million ($205 million, representing a 165 percent increase compared to the period ending September 30, 2008.