They are rejoicing today on the streets of Saffron Walden as Emirates announces a new daily service from London Stansted to Dubai.
The new service will start on June 8, 2018 with a three-class Boeing 777-300ER.
The timings are a little unusual for Emirates.
Outbound flight EK33 will depart Dubai at 09.30 and will arrive in London Stansted at 14.10 with return flight EK34 departing Stansted at 21.10 and arriving in Dubai at 07.05 the following day.
The morning departure is usually matched to a shorter turnaround and a midnight return to Dubai. The morning return is usually linked to the afternoon departure bank from Dubai.
Stansted will be the seventh UK airport from which Emirates operates, joining London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow.
Stansted’s existing non-European offerings are limited to a handful of charter flights, with Nordic low-cost operator Primera planning to add routes to Boston, New York and Toronto also starting next year.
Emirates said it was attracted to Stansted by a catchment area that includes the technology and pharmaceutical hubs of Cambridge and Peterborough in eastern England and major operations at companies such as AstraZeneca Plc, GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Airbus SE, which has a satellite factory in nearby Stevenage.