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Dubai rated among top destinations for holiday season

Dubai-based Emirates airline also expects this week to be its busiest of 2014, as travellers head home or abroad for the holiday season. (Ashok Verma)

Busiest day for people jetting around globe will be Friday, December 19

British Airways has rated Dubai among top travel destinations this festive season along with other popular holiday spots such as Barbados, New York, Australia and Barcelona.

British Airways’ biggest Christmas operation kicked off with 2.7 million customers flying during the festive period and 267 flights flying around the network on Christmas Day.

The busiest day for people jetting around the globe with the airline will be Friday December 19 with 129,000 people flying.

Dubai-based Emirates airline also expects this week to be its busiest of 2014, as travellers head home or abroad for the holiday season. Over 80,000 people will travel on 19 December with Emirates on over 240 flights, according to the airline's latest booking figures. This represents an increase of almost 23% over last year.

Currently, British Airways operates three flights a day from London Heathrow to Dubai. The airline also offers UAE residents two daily flights to London Heathrow from Dubai and one daily flight from Abu Dhabi.

On December 25, 267 flights flown by 817 pilots will be making their way around the airline’s network delivering loved ones. The 3,500 cabin crew working on Christmas Day will serve customers more than 37,000 turkey dinners and traditional mince pies.

Christmas will be bigger and better for British Airways in 2014. This year, the airline unwrapped its presents early, with the arrival of 20 new aircraft into its fleet since last year’s festivities. It means British Airways is expecting to fly its biggest ever operation carrying some 2.7 million customers over the festive period.

Festive period calculated from December 12, 2014 to January 5, 2015.

By Staff
Published Thursday, December 18, 2014
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