(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Qantas on tuesday marked its first year anniversary of launching services from dubai to australia and dubai to london as part of its historic partnership with emirates
Qantas has now carried more than one million passengers through dubai resulting in a significant boost to tourism in dubai.
A recent report from the dubai tourism and commerce marketing or dtcm reported a 39 per cent increase in australian tourists visiting dubai which has been accredited to the airlines’ partnership. this increase has meant higher touristic expenditure in the emirate which is helping contribute to the hotel and hotel apartment operator revenues with dtcm confirming an increase of 16.1 per cent year on year.
Qantas international chief executive officer simon hickey said customers had given the partnership a clear stamp of approval in its first year. “the reaction to the partnership has been extremely positive to the point where the highest customer satisfaction ratings across our international network are on flights from sydney and melbourne to dubai” said hickey. “since qantas began flying through dubai there has been increased interest from australians in dubai.”
Emirates’ executive vice-president and chief commercial officer thierry antinori said the relationship continues to evolve and grow since our landmark partnership commenced with qantas. “tourism to the city of dubai has benefitted strongly with the increased passenger traffic to our hub — the geographical centre of the partnership — with australia now sitting as one of dubai’s leading source markets and new zealand traffic having increased by 21 per cent.”