By Charlotte Seet
Emirates Marks Return to Algeria
Just a year ago, the aviation industry was struggling through the wrath of the Covid-19 pandemic with airlines hardly able to publish schedules with most borders around the globe closed.
The flight routes that were once so regular became paused and it began to feel like a struggle just to find a flight towards any destination.
Airlines and passengers alike felt the frustration as networks became restricted and the world that was once made smaller by air travel, suddenly felt bigger.
Fast forward to end of 2021 where it’s the beginning of November and winter is coming, the scene is a lot different now as airlines around the world are able to expand their networks once again.
After nearly 20 months out on pause, Dubai-based Emirates has announced the reintroduction of flight services to the Algerian capital, Algiers.
Beginning from Nov. 9 onwards, the flight service from Dubai to Algiers will operate twice a week, acting as a triangle service on the return trip to Dubai as it links with Tunis, Tunisia.
Scheduled as EK757 Tuesdays and Thursdays, the flight will depart Dubai at 9:30 a.m. and arrive in Algiers at 2:00 p.m.
The return flight EK758 will depart Algiers at 5:00 p.m., making a stop in Tunis at 6:20 p.m. for a short turn-around before arriving back in Dubai at 3:55 a.m. the next day.
For the Dubai to Algiers route, Emirates will be utilizing the Boeing 777-300ER to maximize both cargo and passenger volume, as Emirates SkyCargo will also be simultaneously restarting cargo services to Algiers.
The resumption of Dubai to Algiers will represent a full restoration of the airline’s operations into North Africa, allowing for Emirates to operate a massive 116 weekly flights into the continent.
With the Gulf carrier’s African network boasting an impressive 21 destinations, it can be said that Emirates might be eyeing the African market as a whole soon.
Africa has been quite a high-level demand market for several international carriers to tap into, with the likes of United Airlines looking at it as a possibility, as well as British Airways signing a codeshare with Kenya Airways.
More significantly for Emirates, its fellow Gulf rival Qatar Airways has also been tapping a lot more into the African markets, having added several new routes to expand its network.
In comparison, the Doha-based rival has certainly tapped deeper into the continent with 27 destinations thus far, as compared to the current quota of 21 for Emirates.
Interestingly, with the return of the Emirates flagship aircraft, the Airbus A380, it might be hopeful to think that the airline might be in the works of launching new flight routes in the African market soon, considering that it has hopes to hit about 70 percent of its pre-pandemic capacity and as it attempts to be the bigger of the three Gulf carriers.