Emirates is raising capacity from London with a tenth daily flight from the autumn.

The airline will add a fourth daily service from Dubai to Gatwick from October 1 to complement six flights a day to Heathrow.

This will take the airline’s total weekly services to the capital to 70.

The Dubai-Gatwick service will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration, with eight private suites in first class, 42 lie flat seats in business class and 310 seats in economy.

The airline’s divisional senior vice president, commercial operations, west, Hubert Frach, said: “Emirates started serving London Gatwick in July 1987; since then over 10 million passengers have travelled on the route.

“As a global hub for finance, business and tourism, London attracts travellers from all over the world.

“With British expats forming the largest western community in Dubai, it’s not surprising to witness continued strong demand for travel between Dubai and the five cities we currently serve in the UK.”

Gatwick chief executive, Stewart Wingate, added: “We are delighted with Emirates’ decision to introduce a fourth daily service from Gatwick to Dubai.

“The new service follows the strong performance of Emirates’ Dubai routes from Gatwick, with increasing demand from both business and leisure passengers.

”This fourth daily service to Dubai complements Gatwick’s growing network of long haul connections with over 50 global destinations flown to this year alone.”