Emirates airline is to launch its sixth destination in Pakistan with flights to Multan starting from August 1. Service to Multan, Pakistan's 5th largest city by population will commence with four weekly flights operated by a Boeing 777-300 in a two-class configuration - 54 seats in Business Class and 310 in Economy Class. The aircraft can carry up to 23 tonnes of cargo, opening up many more trade opportunities in the region.
Multan is also a commercial and industrial centre, well connected with other industrial hubs such as Lahore, Karachi, Gujranwala, Quetta and Faisalabad. The major industries in Multan include fertilizer, cosmetics, glass manufacturing, cotton production and processing, large textile units, flour mills, sugar, and oil mills. Exports from the region include traditional Multani shoes, embroidery on dresses for women and men, furniture, wooden products, pottery, camel-skin ware, surgical instruments and carpets. "As we approach our 30-year anniversary of services to Pakistan, we're reminded of the strong ties we have with the country", said Khalid Bardan, Vice President, Emirates Pakistan. "The additional services to Karachi and the introduction of Multan to our network will position Pakistan as Emirates' fourth most highly served country world-wide with 80 return flights a week operating between Dubai and Pakistan. Furthermore, not only will Emirates be the first airline to offer wide-body premium cabin service to Multan, this new route will help boost global trade and economic opportunities in the region and provide additional travel options to Pakistanis wanting to connect with friends, families, and colleagues throughout our network of over 140 destinations worldwide."