Emirates is raising capacity from Birmingham airport with the introduction of a second Airbus A380 superjumbo on the route.

The 615-seat aircraft will replace a smaller Boeing 777 on one of two daily services to Dubai from October.

The decision to deploy a double-daily A380 service from Birmingham was in part driven by huge demand from passengers to travel on the aircraft, the airline said.

As with the current A380 used on the route, the aircraft will operate in a two class configuration, featuring 58 flat-bed seats in business class and 557 seats in economy, as well as an onboard lounge.

More than 300,000 passengers have flown on the aircraft between the two cities since the first A380 service from Dubai to Birmingham introduced in March last year.

Emirates first started flying to Birmingham in December 2000 as a daily service to Dubai, operated by a 278-seat Airbus A330.

Since then, the airline has carried more 5.2 million passengers between Dubai and Birmingham.