According to Pakistan Aviation, Emirates is likely to cut flights to Pakistan massively amid maintenance work at Dubai Airport and to meet the global travel demand trends majorly.
However, these are not the only factors emirates mulling to cuts flights to Pakistan, due to current economic situation HR shortages and other changing dynamics airlines are focusing on reviewing their current operational schedules.
Emirates airline is likely to cut flights to Pakistan from the second quarter of 2019. The airline is currently operating in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Sialkot and Peshawar with its Boeing 777 fleet. Emirates partner FlyDubai also operates in Karachi, Multan, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Quetta.
According to the sources in Aviation industry Emirates is likely to cuts services to Sialkot, Peshawar, and Multan during the second and third quarter of 2019. However, FlyDubai will compensate and serve as feeder airline which these load imbalances.
As part of reducing flight operations, the flights from Dubai to Islamabad will be reduced from 11 to 7 flights weekly, Dubai to Karachi flights would also be reduced massively from 35 to 23 on weekly basis. However, flights from Dubai to Lahore would have lesser impact, the airline will cut from 10 to 9 flights on this route. Flights from Dubai to Peshawar will cut down from 5 weekly flights to 3 weekly flights.
The airline has already cancelled the flights to Sialkot and Multan, but FlyDubai will continue to pick the load for these destinations.
The airline will also cut flights on international routes, Dubai to London flights including (Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airport) will be reduced. Moreover, flights to New York, Manchester, Madinah and Newark has been cancelled by the airline.
The president of Emirates Tim Clark said, “The reshuffle will result in up to 48 Emirates planes not being used, with 25 percent reduction in overall number of flights during a 45-day period.” The company is focused on reevaluating its current operational demand and challenges in order to revamp its future strategy.