Emirates, the world's largest international airline, carried over 14 million passengers between June and August, making it one of its busiest summers on record. The airline's load factors, which measure how full its flights are, averaged over 80% during this period.
Demand for travel to Dubai remained strong, with two million passengers flying to the city to enjoy its year-round attractions and events. Top inbound markets to Dubai on Emirates during this period included the UK, India, Germany, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Egypt, and Kuwait.
Emirates expects another spike in demand for travel to Dubai this winter season, as the city hosts a number of major events, including the World Government Summit and the Dubai Airshow. The city has already welcomed more than 8.5 million international visitors in the first six months of 2023, registering more than a million more visitors during the same time last year.
Adnan Kazim, Emirates' Chief Commercial Officer, said: "Travel demand across our network has been strong and resilient despite rising cost-of-living pressures in many markets. It shows the value that people place on travel – whether for work, play, study, or visiting loved ones; and how essential international air connectivity is to communities."
He added: "As an early mover in restoring our flying schedules, Emirates worked closely with our industry partners to ensure our readiness to serve customer demand as well as attract visitors through building on the appeal of our home and hub, Dubai. We're happy to see strong customer preference for our product in all cabin classes, especially in our premium cabins. Emirates will continue to ensure we are delivering the best value for money to our customers, by investing in our products, services, and in operating an efficient global network."
From June to August, Emirates operated nearly 50,000 flights to and from 140 cities.