Citing ‘a response to dynamic market conditions’, Emirates has announced it’s network update for 2019. It’s cutting flights from Sydney and Perth.
Whilst announcing new services and increasing flights to Athens, Rome, Stockholm and Zagreb, the airline will suspend flights between Bangkok and Sydney (EK 418/419) from 1 June 2019 “with a view to providing more efficient and direct connection options for customers travelling to and from Australia”. Emirates will however continue to serve Sydney with three flights daily non-stop to Dubai with the drop services being offered through partner carrier Qantas.
Also effective 31 March 2019, Emirates will suspend EK 424/425 and serve Perth with a once daily Airbus A380 service non-stop from Dubai.
The airline also announced that a significant number of scheduled Emirates flights will be impacted by the closure of Dubai International Airport’s Southern Runway for maintenance work between 16 April and 30 May 2019. With limitations around operating flights using a single runway at its hub, many Emirates flights will be cancelled, re-timed or have the operating aircraft changed in order to reduce impact on customers. This will result in up to 48 Emirates aircraft not being utilised, with a 25% reduction in the overall number of flights operated by the airline during the 45-day period.