Emirates to boost capacity on existing German routes

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Emirates has confirmed it will increase its capacity to Germany with additional flights to Frankfurt and Hamburg, and will deploy the Airbus A380 to Munich.

The Dubai-based carrier has long been trying to open new routes to Berlin and Stuttgart, but the German transport ministry said last week that there was "no need to extend the existing bilateral air transport agreement" between the two countries.

This contract limits Emirates' number of landing points in Germany to four. However, it allows the airline to increase frequency of the existing routes and freely select the type of aircraft.

Emirates operates 49 passenger flights from Dubai to Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf and Hamburg per week. It can open flights to Berlin and Stuttgart but would then have to give up one or two of its existing German destinations.

To increase capacity, the airline has now decided to establish a third daily service to Frankfurt with the winter schedule, a second daily service to Hamburg from September onwards, and to use the A380 on the morning service (EK49) of its two daily flights to Munich from 1 January.