Dublin Airport Authority and Irish business organizations have welcomed yesterday’s announcement from Emirates Airline that it will begin a new daily Dublin-Dubai service from January.

The new long-haul service, which will operate from Terminal 2, will expand Dublin Airport’s direct links to the Middle East and its onward connections into India, Africa, South East Asia, Australasia and China.

“We are delighted to welcome Emirates to Dublin and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with our newest customer,” said DAA Chief Executive Declan Collier.

“The improvements in Dublin Airport’s facilities in recent years, including the opening of Terminal 2, and our new long-haul gates in Pier E, was a major factor in winning this new service for Ireland,” said Collier. “We have been in talks with Emirates for several years about a possible Dublin-Dubai service and our perseverance has paid off.”

Emirates will operate daily flights to Dubai from 9 January with an Airbus A330-200, offering passengers a choice of First, Business and Economy class travel. It will also give its Emirates SkyCargo business a direct service to Dublin, as it will offer cargo capacity on every passenger flight.

The new Dublin-Dubai service will have a daily departure from Dublin at 12.55 arriving in Dubai at 0025 the following day. The return flight leaves Dubai at 7.00am with a scheduled arrival in Dublin at 11.30.

Emirates, is the world’s sixth largest airline, and operates services to more than 114 destinations in 67 countries.