Edinburgh’s long-haul expansion plans received a setback over the weekend, with the news that Norwegian will be axing all three of its transatlantic routes.

And now comes news that Emirates will be reducing its planned daily service between Edinburgh and Dubai … at least in the short term.

Emirates quickly stepped in when rival Etihad announced it would no longer serve Scotland’s capital from the end of this month.

Originally Emirates intended to operate daily from Edinburgh but now the carrier tells Business Traveller it will be a five flights a week operation.

Although there will be a daily service from October 1 it will reduce to five flights a week from October 28 and will remain that way until June 1, 2019. (The same flight frequency will remain between April 16 and May 30 during the runway upgrade works at Dubai).

Alternatives (for Dubai and beyond) on the days when Emirates does not operate out of Edinburgh would be its (Emirates’) daily services from nearby Glasgow, or Qatar Airways (from Edinburgh) via Doha.

There are also numerous connecting opportunities via London, Manchester or mainland Europe.