Emirates has added a fifth weekly service to its Newcastle-Dubai route, with flights resuming on Saturdays.

The Gulf carrier said it had seen “a steady increase in bookings over the past few weeks”, with Bangkok, Phuket, the Maldives and Sydney among the most popular destinations.

Flights now operate Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, departing Newcastle at 9.10pm and arriving in Dubai at 7.25am the next day.

The route is currently served by a B777 aircraft configured with economy and business class seating.

Emirates has served Newcastle since 2007initially with an A330 aircraft before switching to the B777-300ER in 2012.

The route was suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic, but was reinstated in October 2021.

Emirates resumes flights to Newcastle and boosts services across Europe

Emirates said that by October this year it will offer 110 weekly flights across its seven UK hubs at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.

Commenting on the news, Richard Jewsbury, Divisional Vice President of Emirates UK, said:

“Expanding operations to Newcastle will provide even better connectivity to the North East and we are delighted to add more capacity.

“Bookings in Dubai and beyond have been steadily growing and our forecast is for this trend to continue through the peak summer period and beyond.”