Emirates has added a fifth weekly service to its Newcastle-Dubai route, with the resumption of Saturday flights.

The Gulf carrier said it had seen “a steady uptick in bookings over recent weeks”, with Bangkok, Phuket, The Maldives and Sydney among the most popular onward destinations.

Flights are now operating on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, departing Newcastle at 2110 and arriving into Dubai at 0725 the following day.

The route is currently being served by a B777 aircraft configured with economy and business class seating.

Emirates has served Newcastle since 2007, initially with an A330 aircraft before upgrading to the B777-300ER in 2012.

The route was suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic, but was reinstated in October 2021.

Emirates resumes flights to Newcastle and boosts services across Europe

Emirates said that by October this year it will offer 110 weekly flights across its seven UK hubs at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.

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

“Scaling up operations to Newcastle will provide even better connectivity to the North East and we’re thrilled to be adding more capacity.

“Bookings to Dubai and beyond have been steadily growing and our forecasts expect this trend to continue over the peak summer period and beyond.”