Emirates has announced that it carried more than 442,000 customers on its Dublin-Dubai route last year. This represents an increase of 2% on figures for 2017.
223,342 people flew out of Dublin to Dubai and onwards to destinations including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan, which are among Emirates’ most popular destinations for passengers travelling from Dublin Airport.
Emirates country manager for Ireland Enda Corneille commented, "We carried more than 219,000 passengers into Ireland from around the world via Dubai, and this figure includes international tourists, business passengers and of course, those returning from holiday."
Almost 10,000 tonnes of Irish exports were carried by Emirates in 2018 by SkyCargo, its freight division with a dedicated team at Dublin Airport.
35% of Irish cargo was made up of food items such as crabs, oysters, razor shells and salmon, much of which was carried to the Far East and, specifically, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore. Other Irish produce making its way to the supermarkets of Dubai and onwards to Asia included yogurts, cheese, beef, chocolates and baby milk formula.
Meanwhile, pharmaceuticals accounted for more than 2,000 tonnes of cargo carried by Emirates SkyCargo from Dublin last year to end markets including Australia, India and the Middle East.
Globally, Emirates carried over 59 million passengers on its 3,700 weekly passenger flights in 2018, with the airline serving more than 66 million meals on its flights from Dubai to its global network of 157 destinations.
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