Emirates adds third daily flight to Manila

By Lenie Lectura, BusinessMirror

Posted at Oct 16 2012 07:31 AM | Updated as of Oct 16 2012 03:31 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Emirates Airline is adding a flight to Manila following the amended air pact signed between the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Currently, Emirates flies twice daily non-stop between Manila and Dubai, utilizing a Boeing 777-300ER. By January of next year, it will start mounting thrice daily, non-stop service between Manila and its hub in Dubai.

The third daily service will be operated by one of Emirates’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, in the same two-class configuration, 42 Business Class lie-flat seats and 386 Economy Class seats, as the current double-daily service. The new service EK336 departs Dubai at 6:30 p.m. (local time) arriving in Manila at 6:30 a.m. the following day. The return flight, EK337, departs Manila at 8:45 a.m., arriving in Dubai at 1:45 p.m. in time to connect to the afternoon departures to Europe.

“Due to the strong demand we are experiencing, Emirates has added much-needed seat capacity on its services from Manila, the extra daily flights will increase capacity on route by 50 percent and Emirates would like to thank the relevant authorities in the Philippines for their support,” said Gigie Baroa, Emirates’s country manager, in a statement.

The additional frequency gives passengers more options of their preferred departure time from Manila to the key gateway to the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and America.

“The new service offers our passengers with more options of their preferred departure time when traveling to Dubai, or traveling onward throughout our ever-expanding global network. The extra capacity will also stimulate further tourism and trade between the Philippines, the UAE and beyond,” added Baroa.

Emirates began services to the Philippines in 1990. “Since then we have continued to focus on our commitment to this markets and also ensuring that we offer our passengers the best onboard product, including our award-winning video and audio system,” Baroa said.

The additional flight service of the Dubai carrier comes following the recently concluded air talks between the Philippines and the UAE held in the latter’s capital last month.

On September 5 and 6, the Philippines successfully amended its air pact with the UAE, doubling the Manila flight entitlements to 28 weekly flights for each country.

Prior to the grant of additional 14 entitlements, the other 14 were already allocated to Philippine Airlines (PAL). However, the flag carrier operates this service through a code-share arrangement with Emirates.

PAL flies 14 times a week to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, eight times a week to Bahrain, and seven times a week to Doha, Qatar. The carrier stopped its direct flights to UAE in 1998. PAL also canceled its Manila-Riyadh route in March 2011.