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Daily flights between Stansted Airport and Dubai set to launch

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New daily flights between Stansted Airport and Dubai launch today.

Emirates will become the first Middle Eastern airline to operate from the airport when the first flight touches down this afternoon.

Stansted says it's a key turning point in its expansion, opening up more than 150 new destinations.

"We're delighted that Emirates has recognised the strength of London Stansted's catchment and the opportunity that our available runway capacity gives them to continue growing in the South East of England over the next decade.

"At this crucial time, the new Emirates services will provide an important boost to the UK economy by strengthening international connectivity and offering greater choice and convenience for passengers travelling to long haul destinations.

"London Stansted has seen significant capital investment and growth since its acquisition by MAG in 2013 and we're looking forward to working with Emirates as we move forward with the next phase of development of the airport and its network of destinations."

– Ken O'Toole, Stansted Chief Executive
Emirates will be the first Middle Eastern airline to operate from Stansted. Credit: .

The daily route will be operated by the airline's new three-class Boeing 777-300ER offering customers 6 seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 306 in Economy Class.

"The introduction of the new London Stansted-Dubai service underscores our commitment to serve London, with operations soon to three different airports in the city. There is a clear demand for this service from both business and leisure travellers and we anticipate that this news will be warmly received both across our global network, as well as by the business community based in the Stansted catchment area.

"We look forward to facilitating even more tourism and commerce opportunities to and from London with these new air transport links, and to providing our customers with the award-winning Emirates experience."

– Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates