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Emirates Looks to Double Number of Houston Flights

Twice-daily service is coming to Houston-Dubai route

Houston Airport System
September 1, 2010

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Emirates Airline has announced plans to expand its non-stop service connecting the cities of Houston and Dubai by adding a second frequency to its daily schedule.

Starting on November 1, 2010, passengers will have two daily flights from which to choose when traveling between the “energy capital of Texas” and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The announcement from Emirates, which also includes an expansion in service between Dubai and Los Angeles, California, is a reflection of the positive upward trend in international traffic numbers recorded at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) during the first half of 2010.

It’s a trend that’s definitely been noticed by the President of Emirates Airlines, Tim Clark.

“Emirates has experienced very strong demand across all of its U.S. gateways this year, including very healthy premium and business traffic,” Clark says. “We are delighted to meet this increased demand with the start of second daily services to both Houston and Los Angeles.”

The increase in service marks the second time the Dubai-based airline has launched a significant schedule expansion in Houston, since its arrival in December 2007.

The airline became the first carrier to offer non-stop service between Houston and the Middle East when it began a route schedule that featured thrice-weekly service.

Just two months later and the airline was expanding that schedule to feature daily service, a move that brought the local economy an additional $111 million, according to Houston researchers.

Statewide, the ties between Texas and the UAE have become incredibly strong, with Texan exports to the Middle Eastern country topping the $1.7 billion mark in 2009.

That number represents an increase of more than 190 percent since 2002.

“The additional services will provide customers in the Middle East and Asia with even easier access to the largest cities in Texas and California, supporting the burgeoning business and leisure traffic between these markets and the United States,” Clark says.

The twice-daily service connecting Houston and Dubai features the Boeing 777 aircraft, complete with luxurious private suites in First Class, lie-flat beds in Business Class and generously-sized Economy Class seats.

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