Emirates' President Sir Tim Clark and Franziska Giffey, Mayor of Berlin discuss city's potential for more international long-haul connectivity
Dubai, UAE, 18 October 2023: Sir Tim Clark, Emirates’ president today met with Franziska Giffey, Mayor of Berlin and Senator for Economic Affairs, Energy and Public Enterprises at the airline’s Headquarters in Dubai to discuss Berlin’s potential for more international long-haul connectivity.
Emirates has been serving Germany for more than 35 years now and remains committed to supporting tourism and the local economy in the market. For more than 20 years, Emirates has also shown its interest in adding Berlin to its global network and thereby expanding operations in Germany. However, under the current Germany-UAE Air Services Agreement, which was signed in 1994, Emirates can only operate to four German airports.
By adding Berlin to its global network, Emirates will be able to provide a direct access for tourists and business travellers from all over the world to and from Berlin, while also offering more cargo capacity for the transport of exports and imports.
“We do welcome that Mrs. Giffey is advocating for more long-haul flight rights for Berlin and we appreciate the ongoing dialogue. Emirates strongly believes that Berlin and Brandenburg has great potential to become a successful destination for long-haul flights. Hopefully we will be able to operate Berlin Brandenburg Airport in the future. We would commence flights to Berlin as soon as possible, if that would be permitted in addition to our existing four German destinations.” says Sir Tim Clark.
“We appreciate Emirates’ continued interest in connecting the German capital city with the world. The Berlin and Brandenburg airport serves the Metropolitan Region and much of East Germany, one of the most dynamic regions in Europe. Our goal is to expand the existing long-haul network and I am glad to see Emirates as a partner in this endeavour,“ commented Franziska Giffey.