Dubai’s Emirates has announced the expansion of its schedule ahead of the Eid Al Fitr long weekend, the airline will offer 38 additional flights across six GCC cities to meet rising demand. Over 110,000 passengers are expected to travel with Emirates during the holiday season. The airline has planned additional flights for Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah, Medina, Kuwait and Beirut.
In Saudi Arabia, Emirates announced the addition of four extra flights starting from April 19 until April 29 to and from Riyadh. In Jeddah, the airline will operate three daily A380s and add on six Boeing 777 flights during the peak travel period during April 20-25. Emirates will also boost flights to Dammam starting April 20 until May 31. Travellers from Medina will have a choice from an additional 16 flights to accommodate inbound passengers.
In Kuwait, Emirates has added eight additional flights from April 20 to April 27. “Popular destinations for Kuwaiti travellers this year include Dubai, Maldives, Phuket, Bangkok, London, Mauritius and Milan,” the statement read. An additional flight was added on the Beirut route for April 23 to accommodate demand.
During the Eid period, Emirates will be offering a crafted Eid menu that will be served from April 21 to April 24 for travellers departing from Dubai. Menu items will include madfoon, mansaf, chicken mandi and braised lamb.
Additionally, passengers travelling from Dubai will receive a mini treat with their meal wishing them ‘Eid Mubarak’. Emirates first-class lounges, on the first day of Eid, will serve guests multiple traditional items including Arabic coffee, jallab, mezze and kunafa. Other lounges will also serve guests with similar Eid-curated traditional items.