Emirates will launch a four times weekly service to Porto, Portugal from July 2.
Porto is Portugal’s second largest city. It is famous for its Port wine production and historical city centre, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Porto is also an important trade and industrial city, attracting business travellers.
“Porto is currently enjoying increased levels of tourism, which is reflective of the growth in the number of visitors to Portugal as a whole,” Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline says.
“The introduction of this new flight, along with our twice daily Lisbon service, will help meet this growing demand from both leisure and business travellers, as well as provide them with more choice, flexibility and connectivity when travelling to and from Portugal.”
Emirates will connect Australians to Porto via its hub in Dubai. Daily flights leave from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.
Porto is Emirates’ second destination in Portugal after its capital, Lisbon, which the airline currently serves with two flights a day from Dubai.
The flight between Dubai and Porto will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and depart Dubai as EK197 at 0915hrs and arrive in Porto at 1430hrs. The return flight, EK198, will depart Porto at 1735hrs and land in Dubai at 0415hrs the next morning. The schedule enables travellers to connect to Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to popular destinations, such as Melbourne, Sydney, Luanda, Johannesburg, Bangkok, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
The airline will use a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for the flight. The plane will have a three-class cabin configuration, with eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class.
Australians across all cabin classes can look forward to award-winning levels of comfort and care. Emirates has more than 4000 channels of on-demand audio and visual entertainment. You can watch the latest movies, listen to music and place games on its ice system. Passengers can expect regionally inspired meals and complimentary beverages. Families are also well catered for with dedicated products and services for children.