Emirates Airline has announced that it will be boosting its capacity to Athens, Greece, with a second daily service which is due to begin on March 1, 2016.
Upon this launch, the carrier will offer a total of 14 flights a week to the Greek capital.
The new flight will be linked to the existing Dubai-Larnaca route, allowing travellers to book tickets between the Cypriot town and Athens.
The Dubai-Larnaca-Athens service will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft offering eight private suites in first class, 42 lie-flat seats in business class, and 310 spacious seats in economy class.
Senior vice president, commercial operations – Europe and Russia, Emirates Airline, Thierry Aucoc noted: “Emirates started serving Athens in June 1996; since then we have carried over 2.2 million passengers on the route. Boasting a rich history and picturesque islands, Greece is a popular destination for travellers from the UAE, Australia, China and South Africa. The expanded schedule will also enable more seamless connections for business and leisure passengers travelling from Athens to key destinations like Dubai, Manila, Johannesburg, Dhaka, Melbourne, and Hong Kong.
“By linking the new service to our existing Dubai-Larnaca flight, Emirates becomes the only airline to operate a wide-body aircraft on the popular Larnaca-Athens route,” he added.
Flight EK 107 will take off from Dubai at 07:50, arriving in Larnaca at 10:20. It will then depart Larnaca at 11:50, landing in Athens at 13:35. The return service, EK 108, will leave Athens at 16:15, arriving in Larnaca at 18:00. It will then depart Larnaca at 19:30 and land in Dubai at 01:25 the following day.