Emirates’ executive vice president for passenger sales worldwide, Thierry Antinori, confirms to anna.aero that Europe is still a growth market for Emirates. “There is a dynamism to Emirates in Europe,” he says. “Among all of our growth areas, Europe is number one. We have 33 destinations in Europe and this year will offer 25% more seats in Europe than last year.
“Today, we operate one daily flight between Madrid and Dubai – we will add a second daily flight on 1 July, also with a 777. We will also launch a daily service between Barcelona and Dubai in July, as well as a Lisbon-Dubai service. Europe will always be on the map in this world and we will continue to grow in Europe.”
Antinori says that it’s a shame that countries like Germany, as well as Canada and China, have limited traffic rights for Emirates. But “if we don’t get traffic rights, we can redeploy our fleet on other routes. Berlin would not give us flights, so we started a third daily service to Frankfurt.”
On alliances, Antinori says: “We do not believe in the alliance system, which just exists to satisfy shareholders not customers.”
[photo courtesy Emirates]