Emirates launched services to Sialkot. This marks the airline’s destination in Pakistan. The new route will offers four weekly flights with an Airbus A330-200 aircraft in a two-class configuration, offering 54 seats in Business Class and 183 in Economy Class.
The inaugural flight EK620 departed with an onboard delegation including His Excellency Essa El Basha Al Nuaimi, UAE ambassador for Pakistan; Ashfaq Ahmed Chaudhry, chairman Sialkot International Airport; Khawar Anwar Khawaja, chief executive Grays of Cambridge (Pakistan) and member for both Sialkot International Airport Limited and Chamber of Commerce; Salah Al Ansari, Director, Visitor Information Bureaus – Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing; Dr Abdulla Al Hashemi, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Group Security; Ahmed Khoory, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations – West Asia & Indian Ocean and Khalid Bardan, Vice President Pakistan and Afghanistan. The group was greeted on arrival by Major General Mir Haider Ali Khan, CEO of Sialkot International Airport.
Ahmed Khoory, Emirates’ senior vice president commercial operations, West Asia and Indian Ocean said: “Dubai and Pakistan have very close links due to the large community of Pakistanis living in the region and the level of trade between the UAE and Pakistan.”
Emirates flight EK620 departs Dubai at 04:15 hours and arrives in Sialkot at 08:20 hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The return flight EK621 leaves Sialkot at 09:45 hours, arriving in Dubai at 12:35 hours.