Emirates airline plans to operate at around 70% of its normal capacity this winter thanks to an expected increase in international travel as countries ease coronavirus restrictions and reopen borders.
Emirates, the world’s largest long-haul airline before the pandemic, has been gradually rebuilding its network of 157 destinations since flights were suspended in March 2020.
It currently operates to about 120 destinations, although capacity remains limited due to the continued grounding of most of the airline’s 118 Airbus A380 superjumbos.
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“We already have a plan to get back to almost 70% of our capacity by winter 2021,” Emirates’ chief commercial officer Adnan Kazim told reporters Tuesday.
He did not disclose its current operating capacity, although he added that the airline has a way to go to reach 70%.
Emirates has been operating mainly flights with its 151 Boeing 777s, although with passenger demand still at very low levels globally those aircraft have mainly carried cargo.
Kazim said the airline expects to operate between 30 and 40 Airbus A380s during the summer, more than it currently operates.
Restoration of capacity is largely dependent on countries easing coronavirus restrictions and allowing international travel.
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