13 Sep 2017

Emirates Celebrates 10 Successful Years

Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, is today celebrating a decade of operations out of Newcastle Airport. Carrying over 912,000 passengers between Newcastle and Dubai since launching in September 2007, the figures reflect the importance of the city to the ongoing growth of the UK’s northern powerhouse.

Over 115,000 passengers have travelled between Newcastle and Dubai in the last 12 months alone. From Newcastle, passengers connecting through Dubai have travelled around the world with Emirates. In the last 12 months, the most popular destinations for travellers going on from Dubai were Bangkok, Sydney and Singapore. Closely following these destinations were Hong Kong, Perth and Melbourne, demonstrating the global reach of Emirates’ network.

Around 28,000 tonnes of cargo have been shipped in and out of Newcastle since the launch of the route, with 4.2 million kgs carried in and out of the UK in the past 12 months. The most popular cargo carried include pharmaceutical products and oil well equipment.

Laurie Berryman, Emirates Vice President, UK, said:

We are so proud to be celebrating ten years of operations out of Newcastle Airport. The gateway continues to go from strength to strength and the milestone represents Emirates’ continued commitment to the city.

“We’re really excited about what the future holds in Newcastle, and look forward to the next decade of operations.”

Nick Jones, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport

“We are delighted to be celebrating Emirates 10th anniversary. Emirates takes great pride in the role it plays in the region, both for business and leisure passengers and we look forward to this fantastic relationship going from strength to strength in the future.”

Cllr Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and Chair of the LA7 Airport Holding Company

“The Emirates route is an important asset to the North East, not only enhancing regional connectivity but also attracting thousands of inbound tourists into the region. The daily link to Dubai with Emirates has played a key role in the airport’s growth and I hope to see it continue for many years to come.”

James Ramsbotham, Chief Executive of the North East England Chamber of Commerce

“The last ten years have been some of the most economically challenging in our lifetimes, yet North East England has thrived – achieving record levels of employment, productivity and export success. We have Emirates to thank for so much of this: opening up the Middle East, Asia, the Far East, Australasia and Southern Africa through its daily scheduled flight to its Dubai hub. It has been transformational. Our businesses have been quick to take advantage and do justice to the confidence in our region shown by Emirates for which we cannot thank the airline enough. Hello tomorrow – it is also our future.”

Emirates provides a daily flight from Newcastle to Dubai, which is operated by a Boeing 777 and departs at 13.45.