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Adnan Kazim, CEO of Commercial Operations at Emirates Airlines, expected the flight occupancy rate to increase from 70% currently to 100% during the Eid al-Fitr season, to a number of destinations, particularly in the Maldives and Seychelles, except Britain, Egypt and Istanbul. , noting that demand during this season is focused on flights from Dubai and Islamic countries for tourism and entertainment purposes, while the airline is marking during the month of Ramadan an increase in travel demand, which has not happened before. during the month of fasting.
Ticket price increase
In a press release, Kazemi explained that the current increase in travel ticket prices is due to factors beyond the control of the operator, the main of which is the increase in fuel prices, noting that Emirates Airlines bears part of the increase in costs of fuel. while the rest is added to the ticket price and the cost of fuel currently accounts for about 30% of the company’s total operating costs. He stressed that fuel price levels have reached levels that are difficult for any airline to afford without adding a portion to the ticket price and noted that Emirates Airlines has taken the initiative to redistribute its aircraft to keep pace with considerable price. increase in demand for travel during the summer season, according to the demand levels for destinations, as the largest percentage of demand is occupied by Egypt, India, Pakistan, Jordan and African countries.
He explained that approximately 60% of the total number of passengers at Emirates Airlines choose Dubai as their final destination, which has contributed to the great momentum of tourism witnessed by the Emirates, as hotel occupancy rates reach rates ranging between 80 -90%, while the equation will change with the reopening of all destinations and international markets, so that the percentage of transit passengers reaches 60% and 40% of passengers going to Dubai as the final destination.
Kazem showed that Emirates Airlines has completely resumed its flights to the number of destinations, including 110 flights per week to the UK, with a frequency of almost 100%, and performs 171 weekly flights to India, while its flights towards the Gulf countries have completely resumed, and operating rates have returned to Europe by 75% and up to 80 – 90% in the United States compared to pre-pandemic rates, thus, the current tanker operating capacity currently reaches 70 % of its levels in the pre-pandemic period, while the percentage will rise to 75% with the start of the summer season and then to 85% in the winter season, and Kazemi expected Emirates Airlines to restore its full operational capacity as it was before the pandemic during the second half of next year.
Emirates Airlines currently operates 60 A380 aircraft in multiple destinations and Kazem indicated that the number will increase to 66 or 70 aircraft over the summer, according to airline plans, except for all Boeing 777 aircraft, which number up to 134 aircraft, and with The start of winter time is expected to increase the size of the A380 fleet in service to 85 aircraft, which will increase the seat capacity at Emirates Airlines to levels between 80-85% compared to pre-pandemic levels, and the carrier will reach 95% of its total network that was covered before the pandemic, while it will return flights to the rest of the destinations during 2023.
Kazim noted that Emirates Airlines is working 100% in terms of employment and training to keep pace with its operational expansion, explaining that in some countries there is a shortage of manpower in this sector. He noted that Emirates Airlines continues to employ in the areas of flight crews and pilots to meet its need for human resources according to a specific schedule that keeps pace with the development of its operations.
On the other hand, Kazim explained that the performance of the maritime transport sector continues to reach the high levels of performance achieved during the pandemic period, emphasizing that the challenges faced by maritime transport globally have contributed to increased demand for goods which in turn is witnessing rising prices as a result of rising fuel prices, and stressed that the airline in the coming period, Emirates will return all aircraft that have been converted into goods to serve passengers again and will continue cargo operations. through 10 cargo planes in addition to passenger planes, while the carrier will receive two new cargo planes over the next two months. He stressed that the number of airline aircraft equipped with premium economy class this year will reach 120 Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 aircraft, while the company will make improvements in other cabins, emphasizing that the demand for premium economy class is big.
flydubai diverts 34 flights to Al Maktoum International Airport during runway maintenance operations at Dubai International, but Emirates-related flights will continue to operate from Dubai International and its operations at the airport will not be affected, as operating fees have not still reached their full levels.
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