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New Dubai Route: Boost for Trade and Tourism
March 1, 2013   
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Maciej Pyrka, Emirates Airlines’ Country Manager for Poland, talks to Jolanta Wolska.

Why did Emirates Airlines decide to start direct flights between Dubai and Warsaw Feb. 6?
Emirates’ new service between Warsaw and Dubai will increase opportunities for trade and industry, as well as introduce a new audience of leisure travelers to Warsaw and its surrounding areas. Over the last few years we have seen increased demand and felt that the time was right to start a dedicated service to and from Warsaw.

What will Emirates offer Polish passengers?
Emirates will offer customers in Poland our award-winning service as well as access to an extensive network of destinations in the Middle East, the Far East, Africa and Australia.

Operating from Warsaw, Emirates will fly its Airbus A330-200, offering 12 first-class seats, 42 business-class seats and 183 economy-class seats. Emirates is also the only airline in Poland to offer first class out of Warsaw.

Is there room for both Emirates and Qatar on the market for direct flights to the Middle East?
We believe that competition is good for the market and, importantly, good for the consumer. It stimulates demand and ensures that fare levels remain competitive. We are always open to healthy competition as it ensures that we do not become complacent. Competition keeps us on our toes.

We have daily flights to Warsaw and since Qatar had decided to do likewise, they obviously see the same potential in this route as we do.

How do Emirates plan to be a driver for economic growth in Poland?
We see it twofold. Firstly, tourism in Warsaw will receive a boost from our new service. With multiple points in Asia and over 230 flights per week to the subcontinent, Emirates will promote tourism to Warsaw and its surrounding regions from around the world, including by high-spending travelers from the Middle East region.

In addition to passenger services, Emirates SkyCargo will offer 238 tons of belly-hold capacity per week, further enhancing trade opportunities for Poland across the Emirates network.

To what extent will Emirates increase tourism to Poland? Or is the intention to increase tourism to Dubai?
The inbound demand for Warsaw is already there and all we are doing is enabling people around the world to access it.

To help further increase forward bookings we have been advertising our new service to Warsaw in key feeder markets around the globe—stimulating inbound demand. With Warsaw we are opening up a new facility for global travelers that they did not have before, especially those traveling to and from the Far East, China, India, Africa, Australia and the Middle East.

Do Emirates have a frequent flyer scheme?
Yes, Emirates’ frequent flyer reward program is Emirates Skywards and is open to every passenger who flies with us.

Have Emirates felt the economic slowdown in the tourism field?
We can proudly say that Emirates has been profitable for the last 24 years. In the last financial year alone we carried 34 million passengers, 3 million more than the previous year, and our net profit for last year for the airline was $409 million. We continue to benefit from our extensive global network seeing growth in markets such as China, the Middle East, Australia and Africa.
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