Emirates is to start flying to Dubai from Stansted.

Daily flights are planned from June 8, 2018 using three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Stansted will be the seventh UK airport served by the Gulf carrier and the third in the London area after Heathrow and Gatwick.

The aircraft will be configured with six first class seats, 42 in business class and 306 in economy.

Opening the Stansted gateway is being described as a strategic decision by Emirates to serve the “thriving business community” in north-east London and the wider 7.5 million population within its catchment area.

Hong Kong, Dubai, Shanghai, Singapore and Mumbai are the most popular business destinations from the east of England, all serves daily via the airline’s Dubai hub. Travellers can connect to daily services to Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Bali and the Indian Ocean islands.

Emirates UK vice president Laurie Berryman said: “The introduction of the new London Stansted-Dubai route not only signifies ten daily flights between Dubai and three different London airports, but is also welcome news to businesses based in the Stansted catchment area who, before now, travelled to central London to fly to airports with global reach.

“The additional gateway will also prove useful to the new start-ups and existing SMEs, which form a growing section of the Cambridge business community. We pride ourselves as an airline in connecting people and economies and the addition of the Stansted gateway is the latest on our growing network.”

Stansted chief executive Ken O’Toole said: “We’re delighted that Emirates has recognised the strength of London Stansted’s catchment and the opportunity that our available runway capacity gives them to continue growing in the south-east of England over the next decade.

“At this crucial time, the new Emirates services will provide an important boost to the UK economy by strengthening international connectivity and offering greater choice and convenience for passengers travelling to long haul destinations.

“London Stansted has seen significant capital investment and growth since its acquisition by MAG in 2013 and we’re looking forward to working with Emirates as we move forward with the next phase of development of the airport and its network of destinations.”

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