Emirate’s growth from Newcastle “will defy recession”
see significant year-on-year growth in passenger and cargo levels on its flights
from the North- East.
Airport to the Middle East in September 2007, has recently carried its 250,000th
passenger between the two destinations, as well as its three millionth ton of
a passenger aircraft, with 13,800kg shipped to Dubai, including a massive shipment of chemicals from Teesside destined for the emirate.
few months – despite the economic downturn crippling other airlines – will continue,
with growth of at least ten per cent in year-on-year booking levels between July
route is one of the strongest in the airline’s portfolio, plans to upgrade the
aircraft from an Airbus 330-200 model to a Boeing 777 have been put on hold until
the economy stabilises.
that onward travel from Dubai to destinations including Australia, Thailand and
Malaysia is soaring beyond expectations.
for July to September," he said.
staying in Dubai, they’re going on to other places from there – Australia and
Bangkok for example, but places like Mauritius and Kuala Lumpur are also proving
popular destinations for North-East tourists.
one shipment just last week, we had a significant amount of chemicals being carried
from Teesside to Dubai, and also on board the same flight were fresh North-East
lobsters destined for Hong Kong. It really does show the wide variety of trading
and business links which are being strengthened as a result of this route."
are still in place – in a move that would increase passenger numbers per flight
from 278 to 330 – it has been put on hold for the minute.
the economy, I think it is wise to put expansion plans on hold.
will most certainly look at again," he said.