Emirates Would not Plan To Return To Afghanistan Earlier than The Finish Of 2022


Emirates had anticipated resuming its once-daily Dubai to Kabul service from July 1st, nevertheless it has been pulled. There is no such thing as a indication if or when it’s going to return. Nevertheless, the 1,048-mile (1,686km) airport-pair stays served by three carriers, together with Emirates’ narrowbody companion, flydubai, later this 12 months.

It comes as Emirates makes quite a few adjustments to its community, which means that its optimism, as laudable as it’s, possibly much less warranted than hoped. It has, for instance, eliminated the A380 from eight cities, made 12 different vital adjustments to its A380 community, and slashed New Zealand flights.


Emirates pulls Kabul

Emirates inaugurated Kabul in December 2013, three and a half years after flydubai launched it. Till July 2016, Emirates completely deployed the A340-300 and A340-500 quadjets to the Afghan capital, with the B777-300ER (and infrequently the B777-200LR) then taking up.

Emirates ceased serving Kabul in August 2021. It was clearly as a result of Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, which meant operators, together with Turkish Airways, additionally ended flights.

Emirates had anticipated to reintroduce Kabul on July 1st, nevertheless it now not will. In accordance with OAG, the schedule was as follows, with all occasions native. The 354-seat B777-300ER was to be deployed. Relying on the precise configuration, they’d have six or eight first-class seats, 42 in enterprise, and 306 in economic system.

  • Dubai to Kabul: EK640, 10:50-14:30
  • Kabul to Dubai: EK641, 16:20-18:45

Since July 2016, the B777-300ER was Emirates’ major plane to Kabul. Photograph: Vincenzo Tempo | Easy Flying.

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Emirates’ Kabul passengers

In accordance with reserving knowledge, Emirates transported roughly 246,000 passengers to/from Kabul in 2019, the final regular 12 months. It had a couple of 91% seat load issue, though as all the time, that claims nothing of fares or general efficiency.

As Kabul-Dubai is such a large point-to-point market, it isn’t shocking that just about 4 in ten passengers (38%) solely flew between the 2 cities. They did not join. Nevertheless, six in ten (61%) did transit Dubai, with the remaining 1% connecting in each Dubai and Kabul. Jeddah-Dubai-Kabul-Kandahar was by far the biggest ‘bridging’ market.

Reserving knowledge exhibits that Emirates’ largest Kabul nation markets had been the US, UK, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Canada, Kuwait, Sweden, China, and Belgium. If origins and locations (O&Ds) are examined, Kabul over Dubai to/from Jeddah was prime, adopted by London Heathrow, Washington Dulles, San Francisco, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Toronto, Los Angeles, Düsseldorf, and Kuwait.

These are Emirates’ largest O&Ds to/from Kabul in 2019. Most are pushed by the Afghan diaspora. Germany has extra Afghans than another European nation. Picture: GCMap.

However, nonetheless three airways

Regardless of no Emirates, Dubai-Kabul continues to be served by Ariana Afghan (1x every day, B737-400) and KAM Air (1x every day, A340-300). They will be joined by flydubai from October thirtieth (2x every day, B737-800).

The 4x every day is half of what was provided in winter 2019, not simply due to no Emirates but additionally flydubai down by 2x every day and KAM down by 1x every day. No matter else COVID has taught us, it’s that a lot can and can change.

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