17 January 2013
DUBAI, U.A.E., 17th January 2013: Emirates is providing two Boeing 777-300ERs to support the waves of football supporters travelling to Bahrain to cheer on the UAE in the final of the Gulf Cup of Nations.
The one-off flights, a gesture to mark the UAE national team’s performance so far, will depart Dubai tomorrow afternoon (Friday) with the return trips timed after the end of the match.
“We have already taken the initiative to sponsor the Gulf Cup of Nations as we want to contribute to the success of the tournament and while strengthening relationships in the Gulf region,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline & Group.
“We are proud that our national team has reached the final and we wish the best of luck to our players. On this special occasion, we are offering two extra flights tomorrow to fly fans, free of charge, to Bahrain in order to support their team,” added Sheikh Ahmed.
In a further generous gesture, Sheikh Ahmed has agreed to provide a separate First Class flight to the entire UAE squad – in recognition of reaching the final.
The Gulf Cup of Nations final will see the UAE take on Iraq – a country Emirates now serves through three gateways; Baghdad, Basra and more recently, Erbil.
The free flight tickets to Bahrain are being coordinated via the UAE Football Association.
On the day of the match, registered passengers must arrive at the designated airports two hours prior to departure to receive their boarding passes.
Transportation from Bahrain International Airport to the stadium and back to airport will be provided for free flight ticket holders.
Special flight details:
Friday 18th January 2013:
EK 5839 – departs Dubai at 1430hrs – arriving in Bahrain at 1445hrs
EK 5877 – departs Dubai at 1500hrs – arriving in Bahrain at 1515hrs
Saturday 19th January 2013:
EK 5880 – departs Bahrain at 0130hrs – arriving in Dubai at 0340hrs
EK 5840 - departs Bahrain at 0155hrs - arriving in Dubai at 0405hrs