DUBAI, UAE — Emirates Airlines is set to increase the number of flights between Dubai and Toronto by adding two flights per week, following the recent expansion of the air transport agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Canada.

Beginning April 20, the airline will operate daily flights on this in-demand route to accommodate the high demand for passenger services.

This change comes as bilateral relations between Canada and the UAE have improved significantly, which is anticipated to yield considerable economic benefits across various sectors and supply chains for both countries.

Emirates currently utilizes its flagship Airbus A380 for this route, which can carry 491 passengers in Economy, Business, and First Class.

With the extra flights, the Middle Eastern carrier will provide nearly 2,000 more seats, signifying a 40% increase in capacity.

The Dubai International - Toronto Pearson route is especially popular among customers from India, UAE, Bangladesh, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Sri Lanka, who also represent the top destinations for travelers from Toronto.

Last year, Emirates formed a codeshare partnership with Air Canada, allowing passengers to enjoy seamless travel options to Canadian domestic destinations via Toronto. Emirates passengers can connect to cities such as Ottawa, Winnipeg, Halifax, Montreal, Calgary, and Edmonton, while Air Canada's passengers can access over 130 destinations in Emirate's extensive network across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East through its Dubai hub.

Adnan Kazim, Emirate's Chief Commercial Officer, commended the recent expansion of the air services agreement between the UAE and Canada, deeming it essential for the airline's growth. He expressed gratitude to all parties and authorities involved, highlighting the agreement's positive impact on both countries' aviation and tourism sectors.

Kazim noted that the demand from leisure, corporate travelers, diaspora, and students has consistently exceeded the available capacity on the route since Emirates began serving it in 2007 and introduced the double-decker A380 aircraft in 2009.

He emphasized the significant growth in business connections between Canada and the UAE, with the expanded air services expected to further enhance business and trade. Kazim also acknowledged the UAE's increasing importance in Canada's global connectivity, which the Emirates can support through its network of over 130 destinations.

Kazim expressed eagerness to work with relevant authorities, codeshare partner Air Canada, and industry partners to facilitate greater tourism and trade opportunities between the two nations.