Emirates has added a second daily service between Gatwick and Dubai, departing the south London airport each evening at 2025.

The Gulf carrier resumed daily flights from Gatwick in December, rostering its A380 superjumbo on the route, and said that UK bookings from the airport had more than doubled since the start of the year.

The second daily service is being operated by Emirates’s B777 aircraft, and departs Dubai at 1425, arriving into Gatwick at 1825, with the return leg leaving London at 2025, landing back into Dubai at 0720 the following day.

This will complement the existing daily A380 service which departs Gatwick at 1335.

The addition brings Emirate’s total UK weekly flights to 91 – six times daily from London Heathrow, double daily from Gatwick and Manchester, ten flights per week from Birmingham, daily from Glasgow, and four flights per week from Newcastle.

The airline resumed operations at its Gatwick lounge in January, joining recent reopenings at Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.

Emirates to reopen lounges at Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Gatwick

Commenting on the news Richard Jewsbury, divisional vice president at Emirates UK, said:

“We have seen a considerable uptick in demand for international travel in recent weeks, particularly from the South East and are pleased to be expanding our operations from Gatwick.

“Emirates is fully committed to the UK and we have operated flights from the airport for over 30 years, providing vital connectivity to Dubai and across our international network for passengers travelling for business, leisure or to visit loved ones.

“The route has also carried billions of pounds worth of cargo into and out of the region – supporting UK businesses of all shapes and sizes.”