Emirates confident it will return to full capacity by summer 2021

The Dubai-based airline served 143 destinations before the COVID-19 pandemic

Emirates Airline is confident it will return back to 100 percent capacity by summer 2021, flying to 143 destinations.

That is according to the Dubai airline’s COO Adel al Redha who shared the news in an interview with CNBC.

“I think we can easily say that by summer 2021, we will be serving 100 percent of our network destinations – that means 143 destinations will be served by summer 2021,” al Redha revealed.

Emirates like other airlines across the globe was forced to ground all of its flights to stem the spread of COVID-19, only months later has the carrier been gradually ramping up operations.

Currently Emirates flies to around 50 percent of its pre-pandemic portfolio.

“Obviously the frequency of flights per day will depend on demand and some of the restrictions that we will need to unwind from some airports in some countries, but in terms of the airline network planning, by summer 2021 we’ll be covering 143 destinations,” said al Redha.

Though it is positive news for the aviation industry, al Redha reiterated that the threat of COVID-19 is still around.

Al Redha said: “I wouldn’t say the worst is behind us, but there’s definitely a positive trend. We have noticed the demand from passengers wanting to travel.

“If I compare our performance now with a month ago, we have almost doubled the number of passengers we are carrying on board our aircraft – either transiting or terminating in Dubai – and that is due to the different measures. One of them is obviously the relaxation of entry rules that Dubai has introduced in welcoming tourists; that did help us quite a lot.”

The UAE has seen a surge in coronavirus cases in recent days, with a spike of 435 on Wednesday, August 19.

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