Emirates cuts KL from second Melbourne flight

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  • EK408 no longer stop in Kuala Lumpur
  • KL Dubai service down to 3 daily from 4
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Tim Clarke Chair of Emirates

Emirates second daily service between Dubai and Melbourne is to go non-stop from October 30.

Previously the second flight was routed via Kuala Lumpur.

EK408 will depart Dubai at 0300, arriving into Melbourne at 2320, with the return leg EK409 departing Melbourney at 0600 and landing in Dubai at 1305.

Emirates’ Dubai-Kuala Lumpur route will be reduced to three daily services, two on the B777-300ER and one on the A380.

Emirates offers a total of four daily services between Dubai and Melbourne with codeshare partner Qantas, two on Emirates aircraft, both non-stop from October 30, and two with Qantas, one via Singapore.

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Speaking to Travel Extra at the IATA Congress i Dublin, Alan Joyce of Qantas described the Emirates codeshare as an outstanding success.

Emirates say the new non-stop schedule will save passengers around two and a half hours in travel time on the route and Irish customers will have an additional option to reach Melbourne on a one-stop service.

Emirates says that it is “currently working with travel agents and tour operators regarding alternative travel plans for passengers booked for travel to Kuala Lumpur on the EK408 or EK409 services after October 30, 2016.

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