Ten years have passed since Emirates began Dublin. Originally by the A330-200, it was very quickly upgauged to the B777-300ER. A second daily service came after less than three years, and it’ll revert to twice-daily on July 1st, 2022. As you might imagine, over seven in ten passengers transited Dubai in 2019, although the local market is still sizeable.
Dublin to Dubai: a summary
Emirates began Dublin on January 9th, 2012. The first service was scheduled to leave Dubai at 07:00, arrive in Ireland at 11:30, leave at 12:55, and arrive back at 00:25 the following day. As always, it was designed for connectivity over the carrier’s mega-hub.
On June 1st, 2012 – a few months after beginning – the route changed from the 237-seat A330-200 to the 354-seat B777-300ER. That provided 49% more seats for sale per departure, a significant volume in such a short space of time. The Irish capital was reported as one of Emirates’ most successful launches ever, although it coincided with big growth by Etihad too.
Less than three years after beginning, Emirates doubled Dublin to twice-daily on September 1st, 2014, according to schedules information available via Cirium. An overnight flight to the UAE was added, again using the B777-300ER.
Not coincidentally, Etihad and Turkish Airlines meaningfully grew Dublin capacity from 2014 onwards, while Qatar Airways added Doha-Dublin in 2017. Come 2019, Dublin to the Middle East and Turkey had over 1.2 million seats, a huge volume.
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Emirates’ twice-daily service returns in July
In the current week, Emirates has a once-daily service with virtually the same timings as a decade ago. Come July 1st, it is expected to return to double-daily, with the following schedule (all times are local).
- EK161: Dubai-Dublin, 07:15-12:10; B777-300ER
- EK162: Dublin-Dubai, 14:15-00:45+1 the following day
- EK163: Dubai-Dublin, 15:15-20:10; B777-300ER
- EK164: Dublin-Dubai: 22:05-08:30 the following day
Where do Dublin passengers actually go?
In 2019, the last normal year, booking data suggests that Emirates’ Dublin service achieved a seat load factor of about 85%. Approximately 110,000 round-trip passengers were point-to-point (i.e., those traveling between Dublin and Dubai only) while over 315,000 – more than seven in ten – transited Dubai.
As you’d expect, Dublin-Australia was Emirates’ largest transit country, followed by India, South Africa, Thailand, New Zealand, Philippines, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, and China. At airport level, Dublin to Sydney led, as shown below. Surprisingly, Etihad – and not Emirates – was the market leader between Dublin and Sydney.
- Dublin to Sydney
The author has flown Emirates from Birmingham and Heathrow to Dubai. On what European routes have you flown the carrier? Share your experiences in the comments.