UAE’s Emirates Airlines intends to expand its service to the Philippines as the route continues to grow.
Emirates is seeking a fresh round of air talks between the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to raise frequency of flights in order to serve the rising demand from overseas Filipino workers and tourists.
“We’re hoping it will happen soon.
Our immediate request is to add three more flights a week… Our loads are pretty high, our seat factor is running in mid 90s year round, which leaves little room for growth and little room for more travelers to choose us,” Satish Sethi, country manger of Emirates, told reporters.
“When there are more flights there is more connectivity, more trade, more cargo, more tourists into the Philippines. There are more options for the OFWs not only n Dubai but also across our network,” he said.
Emirates, which started flying to Manila in 1990, currently operates 18 flights per week.
Emirates carried nine million passengers in the past 20 years. In 2018 alone, it transported one million passengers.
Government data showed there were over 700,000 Filipinos working in UAE. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific also fly to Dubai from Manila.