Emirates has announced new direct, nonstop flights between Dubai and Edinburgh, joining the carrier’s existing service to Glasgow.

The daily route will launch on October 1, departing Dubai at 0955 and arriving into Edinburgh at 1450, with the return leg leaving the Scottish capital at 2015 and landing back into Dubai at 0640 the following day.

Flights will be operated by three-class B777-300ER aircraft, configured with eight first class suites, 42 seats in business class and 304 in economy.

The news follows fellow Gulf carrier Etihad’s decision to drop flights to Edinburgh from October, as part of an “ongoing review of network performance”.

Commenting on the new route Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, West, said:

“We’re increasing our capacity to Scotland to meet growing demand, and by introducing a daily flight to Edinburgh, it will complement our current double daily flights between Dubai and Glasgow.

“Edinburgh is a very popular leisure and business destination, and the new service will offer our customers from across our global network, particularly from key inbound markets such as Asia and Australia, a direct option to the city via our Dubai hub.

“It will also be a more convenient point for travellers from the greater Edinburgh area, and beyond, such as Aberdeen and Dundee, to travel with Emirates to Dubai and onward to destinations across our network.”