Emirates expands European network to 31 destinations

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The Middle Eastern carrier revealed that flights to Budapest, Bologna, Lyon Dusseldorf and Hamburg will resume from October 21. The announcement comes shortly after it disclosed a third of its crew transport buses in Dubai will now run on biofuel

Emirates has grown its European route network after revealing that flights will resume to Budapest, Bologna, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Lyon from October 21, November 1 and 4, respectively.

This expands its European destination list to 31 locations and its global schedule to 99 cities.

The airline is consistently trying to meet travel demand whilst maintaining the health and safety of customers, crew and communities.

Flights to and from Budapest and Lyon will take place on Wednesday and Saturday each week, while to Bologna, Dusseldorf and Hamburg will operate on Friday and Sunday.

The carrier has rostered a Boeing 777-300ER to operate all the flights from the five cities, providing strong cargo capacity for each flight.

Passengers are now able to travel to and stopover in Dubai as they have now re-opened for all business and leisure visitors.

Meanwhile, Emirates’ operations in the city have also taken a greener path as a third of the transport buses for cabin crew will now run on biofuel.

Al Wegdaniyah, the contracted service provider, announced that they are committed to operating on biodiesel provided by neutral fuels.

The firm says utilising transport efficiency on the ground is just as important as in the air in order to reduce carbon emissions. The airline has a fleet of more than 45 buses in Dubai, which travel around 700,000 kilometres a month.

Emirates estimates it could save 75,000kg of carbon dioxide annually, with the airline steadily expanding further plans across the transport fleet.

Karl Feilder, the CEO of Neutral Fuels, congratulated Emirates on its efforts to maintain energy-related sustainability goals. He said the use of biofuel reduces greenhouse gases and the change is not taxing as switching to biofuel does not require any modifications to diesel engines.

The carrier has invested in many electric vehicles over the years to help with operations on the ground. They are currently trialling electric buses to transport crew between terminals and aircraft at Dubai International Airport.

As well as the latest developments, Emirates has provided its engineering centre in Dubai – which comprises hangars, workshops, material stores and offices – with over 130 electric buggies and 80 material handling vehicles which are used daily.