Emirates Airline will start operating flights to Madrid, making it the carrier’s twenty-fifth destination in Europe.

The airline will start operating daily flights to the Spanish capital from 1 August. The route will be the only scheduled passenger service between Dubai and Spain.

Madrid is the fourth destination to be added to Emirates route network in 2010, after Tokyo, Amsterdam and Prague. The airline says it plans to add a further 17 flights to destinations in the Asia Pacific region in early 2010 (MEED 6:12:09).

The airline also increased the frequency of flights from Dubai to Amman, Damascus, Doha, Kuwait and Sanaa in 2009. This was part of a wider expansion trend among regional airlines. In total, Middle East carriers recorded a 16.5 per cent increase in passenger traffic in the year to the end of November 2009.