London has always been a top choice for UAE residents as their preferred destination for short and long-term holidays. Unfortunately, in the past few years, a combination of factors led to flight cancellations, long visa processing times, and other inconveniences for those wanting to travel to the UK. But as we enter 2023, things are looking up. With Emirates announcing the resumption of its second daily service to London Stansted in May 2023 and an increase in daily flights, traveling to Great Britain from Dubai is now better than ever.
The decision by Emirates to boost its London operations to 11 daily flights, including six times daily to London Heathrow and three times daily to Gatwick, has made planning a trip to the UK much more convenient. This comes as a welcome relief for travelers following the challenges faced previously due to flight delays and cancellations. The additional frequency offers enhanced capacity, with more than 1,000 seats to and from Gatwick and London to Dubai every day, ensuring that UAE residents have numerous options when it comes to their travel itinerary.
As travel restrictions relax, many UAE residents are eager to return to their favorite holiday destinations, including Britain. The increased capacity and the introduction of discounted airfares have also played a crucial role in encouraging travel between Dubai and the UK. With more competitive prices available, it’s now more affordable than ever for UAE residents to explore the beautiful city of London and the surrounding areas.
In 2022, UAE residents experienced visa delays due to multiple factors, such as significantly higher demand for travel and a passenger cap set by London Heathrow Airport. The airport’s decision to cap daily passenger flow at 100,000 per day impacted flights and led many residents to cancel their travel plans to the UK. During the summer of last year, visitor visa processing times exceeded seven weeks, which proved to be a significant deterrence for travelers.
Thankfully, the situation has improved drastically, and travelers can now look forward to easier and more convenient travel options. Emirates currently serves the UK with 119 weekly flights across seven UK hubs, offering passengers an unparalleled travel experience, combining luxury, comfort, and state-of-the-art technology.
In another positive development, Emirates is scaling up its A380 operations, with the iconic double-decker returning to Birmingham on July 1, 2023. This move is expected to further enhance the travel experience for passengers flying between Dubai and the UK.
As we move further into 2023, UAE residents can now look forward to hassle-free, enjoyable trips to the UK, visiting their favorite destinations and creating unforgettable memories. And The Visa Services team is here to bring convenience to a new level. We offer comprehensive assistance with UK visa applications in Dubai. Contact us today to get your UK visa in as little as 3 days to be able to jump on one of the 17 daily Emirates flights to the UK and say “Hello” to the Union Jack in person.