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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 15 November 2018

Emirates to increase flights to France from next month

Carrier says launching two additional flights to Lyon and one to Paris per week

Emirates will increase services to Lyon and Paris in France from August. Courtesy Emirates
Emirates will increase services to Lyon and Paris in France from August. Courtesy Emirates

Dubai-based carrier Emirates said it will ramp up services to France with two additional flights to Lyon and one extra flight to Paris each week from August, in response to growing demand.

The increase from five to seven flights between Lyon and Dubai will see the route become a daily service, while the extra service to Paris brings the total number of weekly flights to the French capital to 21, offering passengers three flights a day, Emirates said in a statement on Wednesday.

The new Lyon service will start on August 2, and Emirates will from then operate two flights on a Tuesday and Thursday at the same time, departing Dubai at 14.35hrs and arriving in Lyon at 19.30hrs. The return flights leave Lyon at 21.55hrs and arrive in Dubai at 06.15hrs the next day.

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Both flights will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER in a three-class cabin configuration, with eight private suites in First Class.

The additional Paris flight will start on August 7 on the carrier’s flagship A380, as with the existing route. The new service will depart Dubai at 04.05hrs and arrive in Paris at 09.25hrs, while the return flight leaves Paris at 11.25hrs and arrives back in Dubai at 20.00hrs.

Emirates, the world’s largest operator of widebody aircraft, applied to the French civil aviation authority to operate additional services to Paris and other cities in France beyond its existing bilateral agreement, according to a report in France’s Le Figaro newspaper this week. Emirates declined to comment when approached by The National.