The tech and pharma hubs of Cambridge and Peterborough in England’s East Anglia will benefit when Emirates becomes the first Middle Eastern airline to operate out of London Stansted airport in June, 2018.
Daily service will be operated by the new Boeing 777-300ERs, each offering 216 cubic metres (7,640 cu ft) or 44 × LD3 capacity.
Outbound, flight EK33 will depart Dubai at 09:30, and will arrive in London Stansted at 14:10. On its return, flight EK34 will depart London Stansted at 21:10 and arrive in Dubai at 07:05 the following day.
Opening the London Stansted gateway was a strategic decision by Emirates to serve the thriving business community in north-east London and its catchment area.
“The introduction of the new London Stansted-Dubai route not only signifies 10 daily flights between Dubai and three different London airports, but is also welcome news to businesses based in the Stansted catchment area,” says Laurie Berryman, Emirates vice president, UK. The additional gateway will prove useful to the new start-ups and existing SMEs, which form a growing section of the Cambridge business community.
More than 25 of the world’s largest corporations have established operations in the wider Cambridge and Peterborough area, with Airbus, Astra Zeneca and GSK amongst the multi-national companies based there. Such businesses have helped establish the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor as one of the top five global knowledge regions, alongside world-leading San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Boston.
Stansted airport will also be vital for Emirates’ SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates and the world’s largest international cargo airline, due to its large cargo handling capabilities. The carrier connects cargo customers to over 154 cities across 84 countries in six continents and flies 140,000 tonnes of cargo in and out of the UK in an average year. The new gateway will be the seventh UK airport that Emirates serves. Others include London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow.