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Emirates has helped enhance German connectivity for over 30 years, launching our first flight to Frankfurt in July 1987. Today, we operate 70 weekly passenger flights to Germany from Dubai, serving Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, and Hamburg. We also operate 7 weekly all-cargo flights to Frankfurt.

You can read more about Emirates’ operations in our factsheet:

Germany, Emirates, and Airbus

The first Airbus aircraft joined the Emirates fleet in 1987.

The relationship between Emirates and Airbus has continued to strengthen since then; we are currently the biggest buyer of the Airbus A380. At the Dubai Air Show in November 2013, Emirates ordered an additional 50 A380 aircraft worth US$23 billion at list prices. In April 2016, Emirates placed an order for two additional A380 aircraft, and in January 2018, Emirates placed an order for 20 additional A380s (and 16 options). Together with the airline’s 101-strong A380 fleet and its current order backlog for 41 aircraft, this new order brings Emirates’ commitment to the A380 program to 178 aircraft, worth more than US$60 billion.

A 2015 study by Frontier Economics estimated that Emirates’ A380 deliveries in 2013 directly supported 14,500 direct, indirect, and induced jobs in Germany alone. These jobs were equal to a GDP impact of €1.2 billion.

Emirates’ operations in Germany

Our German routes carried 2.5 million passengers in 2017. Our cargo carriage on these routes, exceeding 152,000 tons in 2017, played an important role in facilitating German foreign trade and opening up new markets for German exporters.

Under the current air services arrangements between the UAE and Germany, we are entitled to serve just four destinations in Germany and we are already fully utilizing this capacity. Adding additional cities would satisfy the strong surplus market demand and offer more choice to our German customers. Since 2004, Emirates has sought the right to launch two new routes in Germany, connecting Dubai to Berlin and Stuttgart. A 2012 economic impact study by the Institute of Air Transport and Airport Research (DLR), The Impact of Emirates Airline on the German Economy(opens a PDF in a new tab) estimates that a daily flight to each of these destinations could support 1,000 additional jobs. Emirates firmly believes that creating connectivity through the expansion of our network will have positive effects on economic growth, the global competition of companies, trade, and tourism and will generate additional economic value for Germany.

However, opposition to long-haul air services from Berlin and Stuttgart continues, with Lufthansa standing behind efforts to maintain the status quo.

A major investor in Germany

We contribute €263 million to the German economy each year via purchases of products and services, direct expenditures, and marketing spending, which translates into a significant impact on employment and economic growth in Germany.

We have frequently enlisted the help of industry experts to evaluate more closely those impacts of our activities on the German economy.

A 2015 study by Frontier Economics, Emirates’ Economic Impact in Europe(opens a PDF in a new tab), shows that Emirates’ operations at German airports supported 11,040 direct, indirect, and induced jobs in 2013 alone. This represents a GDP impact of €1 billion.

Earlier findings from the Institute of Air Transport and Airport Research at the Cologne-based German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Germany's national research center for aeronautics and space, estimated that we add more than €1.6 billion to the German economy and support 18,000 German jobs annually. The analysis also calculated that with the introduction of twice-daily services to Berlin and Stuttgart, the expected additional benefits would include the generation of 2,000 new German jobs.

Follow the link below for more details from the report, "The Impact of Emirates Airline on the German Economy."

The Impact of Emirates Airline on the German Economy Final Report May 2012(opens a PDF in a new tab)

The Impact of Emirates Airline on the German Economy Executive Summary May 2012(opens a PDF in a new tab)

Germany–UAE: A strategic partnership

The UAE and Germany signed a strategic partnership agreement in 2004, further enhancing strong ties in political, economic, and cultural areas.

"The UAE is our most important economic partner in the Arab region . . . We are interested in intensifying our economic relations."
—HE Dr. Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor

The economic partnership between the two countries is considerable: the UAE is the largest buyer of German products in the Arab world and Germany’s 6th biggest export market outside Europe, with German exports to the UAE reaching EUR 11 billion in 2017, and its EUR 10 billion trade surplus with the UAE was Germany's 7th largest globally. There are some 1,000 German companies operating in the UAE, approximately 600 of them in Dubai.

Emirati investors increasingly choose Germany for their multimillion-euro investments in a wide range of industries and companies. Visitor numbers from the Arab Gulf States to Germany have also been increasing rapidly, outperforming the growth rate of German international tourist arrivals as a whole. Visitors from the Gulf tend to stay in Germany for 12 days on average, with a mean spending per trip of EUR 4,470, or EUR 367 per day. Emirates’ flights to Germany have played a catalytic role in strengthening the excellent economic partnership between the two countries.