Original news was published 01 August, 2018
Emirates will introduce two additional flights to its Toronto (YYZ) service from August 18 onwards, complementing its existing schedule. The Dubai-based airline that celebrated 10 years of operations in Canada last October, introduced new aircraft on the route from a Boeing 777 in October 2007 to the flagship A380 in 2009.
The A380 scheduled service increased passenger capacity on the Toronto service by 40 percent and since then, passenger occupancy on the route has been consistently full, averaging 90 percent with demand outstripping supply. The additional frequency will fulfill the strong demand on the route and add 65 percent capacity to the market.
The additional flights will give travellers from Toronto and from across Emirates’ network, even more choice and connectivity when booking their travel via the Dubai hub. It will help to further boost inbound tourism for Canada and meet growing demand from travellers from key destinations in the United Arab Emirates, India, Pakistan, Iran, Bangladesh, South Africa and Saudi Arabia. Passengers from Canada will also be able to take advantage of the additional flights to travel to popular destinations like Dhaka, Kabul, Tehran, Karachi, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Johannesburg.
Not only the passengers will benefit from the additional flights, the route also presents trade opportunities for the carrier. According to the latest trade statistics, the UAE continues to be Canada’s largest export market in the Middle East and North Africa since 2005. Canadian exports to the UAE reached CA$1.6 billion in 2017, an increase of 41 percent over 2007, and its CA$1.4 billion trade surplus with the UAE was Canada’s fourth largest globally. In 2017 alone, bilateral trade between Canada and the UAE exceeded CA$1.79 billion, having grown by 54 percent since the two countries were first connected by direct air services by Emirates in 2007. Emirates SkyCargo has also played an important role in connecting Canada to the world.
In 2017, Emirates transported over 4,300 tonnes of cargo, to and from Canada. Currently, major cargo imports include fruit, vegetables and fish. Major exports include pharmaceuticals, electronics, mining/drilling equipment, livestock, lobsters and courier services.