Emirates will expand its operations in China ahead of the New Lunar Year and in response to high travel demand, increasing connectivity to its gateway cities of Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Beijing as the nation finally opens its borders and relaxes COVID-related entry constraints.
Emirates will restore passenger service to Shanghai beginning on January 20, 2023, with two weekly flights operated by an Airbus A380 aircraft, EK302 going from Dubai to Shanghai nonstop and EK303 making a brief stop in Bangkok before returning to Dubai. From February 2, 2023, the frequency of this service will increase to four weekly flights operated by a three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
*During this timeframe, Emirates flight EK302 departs Dubai at 03:45 a.m. and arrives in Shanghai at 15:40 a.m. The return flight, EK303, will depart Shanghai at 17:40hrs and arrive in Bangkok at 21:45hrs before departing Bangkok at 23:20hrs and landing in Dubai at 03:20hrs the following day.
*Emirates will add a daily nonstop service between Dubai and Shanghai beginning March 1, 2023. Emirates flight EK304 will take off from Dubai at 09:15 a.m. and arrive in Shanghai at 21:05 a.m. The return flight, EK303, will depart Shanghai at 23:00 and arrive in Dubai at 05:20 the following day.
Four times a week, Emirates runs a nonstop route from Dubai to Guangzhou as EK362 and a return trip from Guangzhou to Dubai via Bangkok as EK363. Beginning on February 1, 2023, the airline will boost services between Dubai and Guangzhou by running EK362/EK363 as daily nonstop flights with the flagship Emirates A380. Emirates flight EK362 departs Dubai at 10:45 a.m. and arrives in Guangzhou at 21:45 a.m. The return flight, EK363, will leave Guangzhou at 00:15 a.m. and arrive in Dubai at 05:15 a.m.
Emirates’ flight EK308/EK307, operated by a three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, will resume daily non-stop service from Dubai to China’s capital city Beijing on March 15, 2023. Emirates flight EK308 departs Dubai at 10:50 a.m. and arrives in Beijing at 22:20 a.m. The return flight, EK307, will leave Beijing at 00:40 a.m. and arrive in Dubai at 05:00 a.m.
This would extend the airline’s market operations to 21 weekly flights, increasing choice and flexibility for both business and leisure tourists and helping China’s tourism resurgence.