Emirates has announced plans to return to its pre-pandemic daily service between Newcastle and Dubai next month.

The carrier has been gradually adding back frequencies to the route, with a fifth weekly B777 flight launching in July, and a daily service will now resume from December 1.

In addition Emirates has recently retimed its departures from Newcastle to allow for better connections in Dubai onto destinations including Thailand, Australia, Malaysia and the Indian Ocean.

Flights now depart Newcastle International airport at 1300, arriving into Dubai at 0015 the following day.

The frequency increase means that from next month Emirates will offer a total of 119 weekly flights from the UK, serving Birmingham, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle and Stansted.

Nick Jones, chief executive officer at Newcastle International Airport, said that the move “represents the airline’s confidence in our airport”, adding that it would “open up even more opportunities for the North East public to connect to the world via Dubai in addition to creating even more cargo capacity”.

Meanwhile Richard Jewsbury, Emirates divisional vice president in the UK, commented:

“We’re excited to be scaling up our operations to and from Newcastle Airport to offer a daily service from December 1, in order to provide even better connectivity to people in the North East.

“With a steady growth in bookings to Dubai and beyond from the airport, we expect this trend to continue over the busy Christmas and New Year period.”

The new follows Flybe’s announcement this week of two new routes from Newcastle, to Belfast City and London Heathrow.

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