Emirates boosts cargo network amid drop in passenger travel demand

World-recognised Emirates has today revised its cargo schedule to include Los Angeles and Tehran, meaning in total, it will offer 90% more cargo routes than passenger routes. This demonstrates the worldwide shift to cargo services as passenger demand plummets amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In mid-May, Emirates announced plans to resume regularly scheduled passenger flights to nine destinations, including London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne. This came following a temporary suspension of most passenger services in mid-March.

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER pictured on approach into Singapore. Photo by Benjamin Liew | AeroNewsX

Emirates has now further increased its cargo network with the launch of flights to Los Angeles and Tehran. Emirates now has 657 flights per week with passenger aircraft carrying freight and 69 weekly services with full freighter planes. In total, the airline now has 74 routes planned with passenger-freighter aircraft, 24 with full-freighter planes, and 17 served by both.

The carrier's revised cargo network is detailed below.

Cargo routes served by passenger aircraft

South America:

  • Sao Paulo

North America:

  • Los Angeles

  • Mexico City

  • New York

  • Toronto

  • Washington D.C.


  • Barcelona

  • Brussels

  • Copenhagen

  • Dublin

  • Istanbul

  • Manchester

  • Paris

  • Vienna

  • Zurich

Middle East:

  • Amman

  • Bahrain

  • Dammam

  • Erbil

  • Jeddah

  • Muscat

  • Riyadh

  • Tehran


  • Casablanca

  • Cairo

  • Conakry

  • Dakar

  • Eldoret

  • Entebbe

  • Johannesburg

  • Khartoum

  • Lagos

  • Lilongwe

  • Nairobi


  • Bangkok

  • Bengaluru

  • Chennai

  • Delhi

  • Dhaka

  • Hanoi

  • Hyderabad

  • Jakarta

  • Karachi

  • Kochi

  • Kuala Lumpur

  • Lahore

  • Osaka

  • Saigon

  • Seoul

  • Taipei

  • Thiruvananthapuram

  • Tokyo


  • Auckland

  • Brisbane

  • Christchurch

  • Melbourne

  • Perth

Cargo routes served by full-freighter aircraft

North America:

  • Aguadilla

  • Colombus

  • Houston

South America: None


  • Maastricht

  • Munich

  • Oslo

Middle East: None

Africa: None


  • Guangzhou

Oceania: None

Cargo routes served by both full-freighter and passenger aircraft

North America:

  • Chicago

South America:

  • Quito


  • Amsterdam

  • Frankfurt

  • London

  • Madrid

  • Moscow

Middle East:

  • Dubai

Africa: None


  • Ahmedabad

  • Beijing

  • Colombo

  • Hong Kong

  • Mumbai

  • Shanghai

  • Singapore


  • Sydney

In other news, Emirates President, Tim Clark, has predicted it will take up to four years before Emirates' full network is back in service. The comments, which came in a webcast interview with aviation consultant John Strickland, come as the airline announces a number of redundancies as it struggles against the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think probably by the year 2022/23, 2023/24 we will see things coming back to some degree of normality and Emirates will be operating its network as it was and hopefully as successfully as it was,” explained Tim Clark.

Clark will be stepping down as Emirates President later this month and will instead act as an advisor to the airline.


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