Emirates ferried 6.5M OFWs

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Emirates yesterday reported it carried over 6.5 million overseas Filipino workers in the 14 years it has operated in the Philippines.

Barry Brown, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations East said there are 35 flights a week, operated by 3 airlines between Manila and Dubai, contributing to a healthy and growing bilateral trade relationship between both countries which stood at $1.38 billion i in 2013.

Emirates he said has carried 150,000 tons of cargo on the route during the same period.

“We currently operate 3 daily flights between Dubai and Manila, which not only serves the growing demand for travel between both countries, but also connects the Philippines with over 800 flights a week to other key cities in our global network – cities which are currently not served by airlines of the Philippines. Our flights and network enables travellers from the GCC, Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, to easily reach the Philippines with just one convenient stop in Dubai.


The already significant demand for air travel services between Dubai and the Philippines is expected to grow further in tandem with the many developments in the UAE. This includes the Dubai Expo 2020 which is expected to generate 275,000 jobs and offer immense opportunities for Filipino talent in the hospitality, engineering, IT and medical services sectors.

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