Passengers travelling between Melbourne and Dubai will now have another direct flight option with Emirates announcing that flights EK408 and EK409 will begin operating as nonstop services from 30 October 2016.
Operated by an Emirates’ B777-300ER aircraft, the inbound flight, EK408, will depart Dubai (DXB) at 03:00hrs and arrive in Melbourne (MEL) at 23:20hrs. The outbound flight, EK409, will leave Melbourne at 06:00hrs and land in Dubai at 13:05hrs. The current service from Melbourne to Dubai goes via Kuala Lumpur (KUL) in both directions. The change to a nonstop flight will save passengers approximately two and half hours in travel time in each direction when travelling between Dubai and Melbourne.
Emirates offers a total of four daily flights from Melbourne to Dubai with codeshare partner Qantas, including three services operated by an A380 aircraft and one flight on an Emirates B777-300ER. With this change, from 30 October 2016, these four daily services will include two daily nonstop flights to Dubai on Emirates and one flight on Qantas aircraft, as well as one daily Emirates flight to Dubai that operates via Singapore (SIN).
Barry Brown, Emirates Divisional Vice President for Australasia said: “The change to these services will provide passengers with improved one-stop connectivity when travelling from Melbourne to more than 140 international destinations on the Emirates network via Dubai. It will also provide travellers with an option of a second nonstop daily service on Emirates between Melbourne and Dubai.”
Emirates is currently working with travel agents and tour operators regarding alternative travel plans for passengers booked for travel to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) on the EK408 or EK409 services after 30 October 2016.
For more information on Emirates or bookings visit www.emirates.com/au, your local travel agent or call Emirates on 1300 303 777.