Emirates has announced that its resuming routes across its European network, including restarting operations from Newcastle.

The airline said that the easing of travel restrictions and an upsurge in demand has led to a “scaling up [of] services”. The UAE moved onto the UK’s amber list earlier this month, meaning that travellers arriving into the UK from Dubai no longer need to quarantine in a hotel.

The gulf carrier will reinstate flights to Newcastle airport from October 15, with a four-times-weekly service operated by a B777-300ER aircraft in a two-class configuration. The first flight EK033 will depart Dubai International airport at 1430 and arrive in Newcastle at 1910, while the return flight will depart Newcastle at 2110 and arrive in Dubai the following day at 0725.

We previously reported on the airline’s significant increase in UK capacity.

Emirates announces significant increase in UK capacity

By the end of October, the airline will offer 77 weekly flights to the UK, with weekly operations including a six-times-daily London Heathrow operation with five A380 services, double daily A380 flights to Manchester, ten-times-weekly services to Birmingham, and daily services to Glasgow.

The airline has also brought forward its plans to add flights and capacity to over 10 European cities, including Birmingham, Barcelona, Brussels, Dublin, Hamburg, London, Lisbon, Madrid, Munich, Rome and Zurich – many of these cities will be served with daily flights or more, according to the airline.

In Germany, the airline will increase frequencies to daily flights in Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich, with a total of 50 flights per week by October 31. Flights between Dusseldorf and Dubai, and Hamburg and Dubai, will be operated by A380 aircraft to offer more capacity.

The airline also plans to restart routes across its global network, including the resumption of flights between Male and Colombo from September 1. Services between Male and Dubai will increase to four daily flights by mid-October, while the airline will operate four-times-weekly flights to Muscat from August 28, and daily flights to Sao Paulo from October 5.

The airline has resumed passenger services to over 120 destinations and recovered close to 90 per cent of its pre-pandemic network.

Emirates also recently announced that it has extended its flexible booking policies to May 31, 2022. It revealed that is has processed almost 3.3 million refund request since the start of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Emirates unveiled a special livery design for its A380 and B777-300ER aircraft, to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE.