Emirates has launched its 3rd destination in France and 4th new European destination since the start of 2012.

Serviced by an Airbus 340-500 in three cabin classes, Emirates’ 3rd destination in France is Lyon. The international airline will offer a total of 258 seats including; 12 First Class Suites, 42 seats in Business Class and 204 seats in Economy Class. The addition of this new Emirates service will see an overall capacity increase of 12 per cent in France, further boosting the airline’s presence in this important international market.

Feeding the underserviced Lyon region, Emirates is the first international carrier to provide direct services from Lyon to Dubai as well as key commercial hubs in the East, an important link for facilitating new trade opportunities. Business traffic to and from Lyon is expected to have a strong tie to the city’s banking, pharmaceutical and biotech industries which have helped to make the Rhone-Alps region, which Lyon is the capital of, the sixth largest economy in Europe.

For the leisure traveller, Emirates’ new flight to Lyon opens the doors to the city’s highly lauded culinary delights. A significant number of Michelin starred restaurants are housed in Lyon, testament to the city’s moniker as the ‘food capital of the world’.

Emirates’ presence in France has grown considerably this year with a capacity increase in Nice due to the introduction to a Boeing 777-300 and Paris Charles De Gaulle preparing for a double daily A380 service from January 1st 2013.

Emirates passengers in Lyon will also benefit from the airline’s recently launched frequent flyer partnership with easyJet that allows Skywards Miles to be redeemed for flights on easyJet across Europe.

Emirates flight EK81 departs Dubai every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 1455hrs, arriving in Lyon at 1940hrs the same day. The return journey leaves Lyon at 2100hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0615hrs the next day.

Emirates passengers travelling in both directions will benefit from the airline’s generous baggage allowance of 50kg in First Class, 40kg in Business Class and 30kg in Economy Class. Passengers will also enjoy the on-board ice system with over 500 channels of on-demand entertainment in all classes.