Emirates currently offers three daily flights between Dubai and Manchester, two of which are now operated by A380s and the third by a Boeing 777.

Laurie Berryman, Emirates Vice President, UK: "Manchester is the third busiest airport in the UK and demand for flights to Dubai, and beyond, has increased significantly during our 25 years of operating out of the airport. This is due, in part, to the continued economic growth of Manchester and the wider North West region – now seen as a key international hub for business people.

"We employ almost 400 staff in Manchester at the airport and at our multilingual customer contact centre at Manchester Business Park, which serves our customers across Europe. At Emirates, we are committed to increasing our contribution to Manchester and the wider North West region."

The A380 has been very popular with Manchester passengers. With eight daily A380 flights into the UK and an ever expanding global A380 network, Emirates continues to set the industry benchmark in A380 connectivity. In addition Emirates airline will operate six services a day from Heathrow, three daily from London Gatwick and Birmingham, two per day from Glasgow and a daily service from Newcastle. In Dubai, passengers can connect to flights to Emirates’ global network which spans 149 destinations across six continents in 80 countries.