Dubai-based carrier Emirates will increase the number of flights it operates from Dubai to Guangzhou to twice weekly starting August 3.

Currently, it flies a weekly service to Guangzhou using its A380 aircraft.

In addition to that existing weekly flight on Saturdays, Emirates will operate an additional weekly service on Wednesdays.

This added frequency will ensure the number of seats available on the Dubai-Guangzhou service will total more than 1,800 a week, making it the largest carrier on the non-stop route between UAE and China.

However, the capacity of all inbound flights from Dubai to Guangzhou remains capped at 75 per cent, as required by the Chinese authorities. Chinese passengers visiting Dubai or transiting in Dubai with an ordinary passport valid for above six months will be eligible for visa-free entry.

From August 3, Emirates flight EK362 from Dubai to Guangzhou will depart Dubai International airport T3 at 2.05am on Wednesdays and Saturdays, arriving at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport at 1.50pm on the same day.

The return flight EK363 will depart from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport at 5.50pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays and arrive at Dubai International airport at 12.45am the following day.

In 2002, Emirates became the first airline in the region to launch a non-stop service between the Middle East and the Chinese mainland.

Two years ago, due to the global outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, its passenger service to the Chinese mainland was halted from late March 2020. The service between Dubai and Guangzhou was restored on July 25, 2020, and has since then operated once a week.

During the pandemic, Emirates SkyCargo continued to operate services to China via its Dubai hub and provide support for the transport of medical and other essentials. At present, in addition to passenger services to and from Guangzhou, Emirates also operates cargo flights between Dubai and Beijing twice a week, six times a week to Shanghai and four times a week to Guangzhou using its Boeing 777 freighters