Emirates launching daily flights to Edinburgh
Scotland's capital is getting closer.
Emirates has announced its launching direct, daily flights between Dubai and Edinburgh from 1 October, giving Aussies the chance to hit the Royal Mile with a single stopover.
This marks the second Scottish location the airline flies to, with Glasgow being the first.
When in service, flights will depart from Dubai daily at 9:55am, arriving in Edinburgh at 2:50pm just in time to check into your hotel and hit the pub for dinner.
Return flights depart from Edinburgh at 8:15pm, providing travellers with an overnight service that arrives back in Dubai at 6:40am. These times have been chosen to seamlessly connect with international flights, including those out of Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.
As an example, flights from Sydney on 3 October depart at 7:20pm arriving in Dubai at 6:55am leaving you with just a 3-hour layover before connecting on to the new Edinburgh flight.
When we punched in a sample flight date after the service launch, Sydney to Edinburgh flights came up at around $2,600 return, which seems to be the going rate – at least for initial flights on this route, according to the Emirates price table below.
The flights will be on an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER, which features economy seats as well as lie-flat seats in business class and eight private suites for high flyers in first class.
"We're increasing our capacity to Scotland to meet growing demand, and by introducing a daily flight to Edinburgh, it will complement our current double daily flights between Dubai and Glasgow," says Hubert Frach, Emirates' divisional senior vice president, commercial operations, west.
Emirates isn't the only airline that flies with minimal stops to Edinburgh. Rival airlines Qatar and Etihad (in codeshare with Virgin Australia) currently offer one-stop services from Australia as well.
Flights to Edinburgh on Emirates can be booked now via the official Emirates site here.