Emirates, a global connector of people and places, is marking 10 years of service to Ghana, having carried nearly 970,000 passengers on the route since flights began in January 2004.
When the airline launched its Accra-Dubai service in 2004, Accra was its 73rd global destination and its 10th in Africa. Today, Emirates connects Accra to over 140 destinations around the world, facilitating new opportunities for tourism and trade with every new city that the airline adds to its global network.
“Emirates has a long standing affiliation with Ghana and the country is indeed an important market for Emirates. In 2013 alone over 75,000 people were carried outbound,” said Hendrik Du Preez, Emirates’ Country Manager for Ghana. “Over the past 10 years, Emirates has expanded our Accra-Dubai service in line with customer demand. We have added flights and upgraded our aircraft several times from the original Airbus A330-200 linked service via Lagos, to the current Boeing 777-300ER service. This represents close to a 100% increase in seat capacity.”
In 2005, Emirates increased services from Accra to Dubai from four times each week, to six weekly flights. Today, the airline operates a daily non-stop service on the Accra-Dubai route with the Boeing B777-300ER. The daily service on one of the latest aircraft in Emirates’ fleet means passengers travelling from Accra via Dubai can connect to popular destinations such as London, New York, Geneva, Frankfurt, Mumbai and Guangzhou in comfort, luxury and most importantly, convenience. Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER offers 8 luxurious First Class seats, 42 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 310 generously-sized Economy Class seats.
Emirates was also one of the pioneering airlines to introduce e-tickets to passengers in Ghana in 2005, which enabled customers the convenience of printing their own tickets at home, and never having to worry about losing their paper tickets. Two years later, Emirates Holidays was established in Ghana, offering carefully curetted leisure packages and holiday experiences to travelers.
“As we grow our business in Ghana, we are also proud to contribute to employment via our local suppliers and travel partners as well as direct employees. Emirates currently employs nearly 300 Ghanaians including more than 75 cabin crew, and we continue to look out for the right talent to join our team,” added Hendrik.
Accra is also a valued destination for Emirates SkyCargo with large volumes of cargo being carried out of Accra to markets in Europe, the Middle East and Far East via the world-class Cargo Mega Terminal in Dubai. Popular commodities being shipped include fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, handicrafts, in addition to oil exploration equipment and personal effects.
With the convenience of an early morning arrival and the range of onward connections to other destinations, Emirates has won the CIMG Best Airline of the Year award consecutively between 2005, 2006 and 2007, as well as the 7th Ashanti Business Excellence Award in 2010.
Setting the foundations for further growth, Emirates Ghana will soon move offices from their current location at Meridian House, Ring Road to the Movenpick Hotel.
Emirates’ daily service from Accra, EK 788 departs at 1845hrs and lands in Dubai at 0630hrs while the return flight EK787 leaves Dubai at 0740hrs and arrives in Accra at 1240hrs.
Emirates, has a fleet of over 210 aircraft and is the world’s largest A380 and Boeing 777 operator, flying to 141 destinations in 80 countries.