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Emirates has announced that it will increase the flight frequency of the route Malta-Larnaca-Dubai to five times a week as of 1st July 2022.

The route currently operates thrice weekly and the plan is that eventually the route will operate on a daily basis, Emirates said in a statement.

Emirates flight EK110 will operate every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, leaving Malta at 3.35pm and arriving in Larnaca International Airport in Cyprus at 7pm for a stop-over and then continuing its journey to Dubai International Airport, landing at 1.05am. The return flight departs Dubai at 8am, with a stop-over in Larnaca at 11.10am. The flight then leaves Larnaca at 12.20pm and lands at Malta International Airport at 2.05pm. All times are local for each city.

Emirates Country Manager in Malta Paul Fleri Soler said: “Since Malta welcomed Emirates back in July 2021, the Malta-Larnaca-Dubai route has entrenched itself once again as one of the most popular routes to and from the Mediterranean.

“It is encouraging to be able to increase the flight frequency to five times a week to meet the increasing demands of travel in the context of significant reductions in restrictions related to the pandemic, as well as helping the strengthening of the link between Malta and the United Arab Emirates.”

The Malta-Larnaca-Dubai Emirates route has been in operation for the past 24 years, and Malta’s connectivity to Dubai is viewed as essential for business and tourism.

In December, Malta Central Bank warned that almost half of Malta’s air routes had been lost due to COVID, bringing air travel back 15 years. At the time, the bank said that restoring these lost connections or establishing alternatives would be crucial for Malta’s economy. For a brief time, Malta lost its Dubai air connection when Emirates pulled out of the country due to COVID restrictions making operations unsustainable.

Being that Dubai is a major travel hub with flights to most major cities around the world, and the city is a major business hub on its own merit, increased flights to the city will be a welcome announcement for businesspeople and tourists alike.

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