TTME JAN 2018-PG 9

Dream Dubai comes closer to Germany

The first arrivals from Leipzig was welcomed at Al Maktoum Airport (DWC) by Meeting Point Emirates in an initiative to strengthen the inbound traffic from German-speaking market. DWC will be receiving 255 passengers daily for a year with the new programme between Meeting Point Emirates and FTI Germany.

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The flight programme is set to complement the high-end product that Emirates is currently offering from Vienna, Zurich, Geneva, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin and Hamburg. The only charter programme will fly to Dubai throughout the year. The programme includes daily, year-round direct flights which depart on a weekly basis from Leipzig, Hannover, Cologne, Munich and Stuttgart. In winters, weekly flights are scheduled from Berlin and Basel, while in summer weekly flights are scheduled from Nuremburg and Dresden. This initiative makes Dubai directly accessible from most of these cities for the first time, thereby, exposing Dubai to new potential travellers, with a market reach like never before.
Khaled Jouni, CEO, Meeting Point International, said, “We are thrilled with this launch; adding over 100,000 arrivals per year from the German speaking market is certain to have a positive augmentation on the destination and our local hotel partners alike. We, as a market leader in the UAE, saw a substantial increase in volume of guests compared to the same period last year.” Dubai Tourism’s Saud Hareb, Market Lead for Germany, said, “We are excited for the increased connectivity between Dubai and both Germany and Switzerland that this initiative offers. Germany continues to be an important source market for us, and has consistently remained in the top ten worldwide. Dubai has seen strong growth and enthusiasm among visitors as a safe, family-friendly destination with a variety of attractions to be enjoyed year round, from theme parks, beaches, water parks, cultural offerings, and authentic desert safari experiences.”
The connections to Al Maktoum Airport (DWC) complements FTI Group’s current offering with Emirates and are carried by Condor on a Boeing B757-300 aircraft and offer value-for money packages that include airline tickets of economy or premium seats and six or 13-night hotel stays. With the combined routing FTI GROUP now covers the entire German speaking market with 77 non-stop weekly flights to Dubai and access from 13 airports. Lorne Riley, Director Corporate Communications and Business Development Dubai Airports expressed that they were looking forward to this regular movement.
Kerstin Nestler, Head of Destination at FTI Germany, explained the decision of FTI Group Director Dietmar Gunz to expand the tour operators’ Dubai offering and confirmed the statement of the Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM) that the UAE is currently among the top ten holiday destinations for the German speaking market. “Therefore, we are increasing our capacities for the upcoming winter and will proceed operating the Condor charter in the summer of 2018. As a market leader for the UAE, we can provide our customers now with even more flexibility throughout the entire year and can grow even further.”

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