Emirates is Drastically Cutting Down Flights to Pakistan

UAE-based carrier, Emirates, has announced a drastic flight cut across the world, including Pakistan, from the second quarter of 2019.

The massive adjustment in its operational schedule is an attempt to minimize the impact of rapidly changing global travel demand trends.

According to reports, the closure of Dubai International Airport’s Southern Runway in April and May this year also has a lot to do with the closure of several flight routes.


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It is believed that the economic conditions, changing dynamics and pilot shortages are the few factors forcing Emirates and other Gulf airlines to adjust operations.

Emirates is currently operating in five Pakistani cities including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Sialkot with its Boeing 777 fleet.

Emirates will follow this flight schedule for Pakistani cities after the second quarter:

  • Dubai-Islamabad Flights will be cut to 7 per week, down from 11.
  • Dubai-Karachi flights will be reduced to 23 per week from 35 weekly flights.
  • Dubai-Lahore flights will be down to 9 from 10 in a week.
  • Dubai-Peshawar flights will be reduced to 3 per week instead of 5.
  • Dubai-Multan: Emirates had already canceled its four flights to Multan last year. It’s codeshare partner Flydubai will continue to serve the destination.
  • Dubai-Sialkot: Emirates has also suspended its daily service for the city, however, Flydubai will continue its services.


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Whereas Industry Insiders suggest that the UAE-bases carrier might completely suspend its operations for Multan, Sialkot and Peshawar. Flydubai is expected to manage its load and serve as a feeder airline.

Via: Pakistan Aviation

  • Apart from the Runway/airport closure, by 2020, Emirates flights will be replaced by Fly Dubai. Emirates intends to replace all short haul sectors with Fly Dubai, leaving only medium and long haul flights for it self.

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