Emirates announced it will launch its eagerly-awaited second daily service between Dubai and Perth.

Initially, the service will be launched with four weekly flights beginning March 2, which will be escalated to a daily in September. Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said, ‘Strong and steady demand for Emirates’ passenger and cargo services has motivated us to increase our flights to Perth. It signals our commitment and confidence in the growth of the Australian, particularly the Western Australian, market.

Emirates’ additional services are widely expected to bring greater access and facilitate more traffic flows between Western Australia and key markets in Europe and the Middle East.’ Emirates launched non-stop services to Perth in August 2002 with four weekly flights, commencing dailies in May 2003. The airline’s Dubai-Perth flight was the first ever non-stop connection between the Middle East and Australia.

From Perth, Emirates SkyCargo’s services have boosted exports of chilled meat, fresh produce, flowers, and seafood, mainly to markets in the Middle East, particularly Dubai, Doha and Kuwait. To Perth the cargo division carries mining equipment, automobiles parts, telecommunications equipment, and smaller-sized electronic items from Europe and the Middle East markets such as Dubai, Bahrain, Doha, Tehran and Riyadh. The double daily service will boost Emirates SkyCargo’s capacity to more than 180 tons per week.