Enda Corneille will leave his role at Emirates Ireland

The Irish country chief of Dubai-based Emirates, Enda Corneille, is stepping down from her position after eight years.

Although industry sources have linked him to the position of chief executive at DAA, which operates Dublin and Cork airports, Mr Corneille said he had “no definite plans” at the moment.

Current DAA chief Dalton Philips is leaving the position in September after five years in office. He becomes CEO of the food company Greencore.

Mr. Corneille was appointed Country Manager for Emirates in Ireland in 2014.

Previously, he held a number of senior positions at Aer Lingus and was also a Global Instructor at the International Air Transport Association’s Training and Development Institute in Geneva.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Mr Corneille confirmed that Emirates will resume twice-daily return services between Dublin and Dubai tomorrow.

It is the first time since March 25, 2020 that the airline will offer twice-daily return flights between the cities.

Before the pandemic, Emirates had about 21,000 seats on route for sale monthly.

It had a load factor of 85 percent in 2019. The load factor represents the percentage of available seats sold.

He said business has returned “quicker than any of us could have imagined.”

“Since June we’ve been pretty busy with the daily flight and the double daily flight starts again on Thursday,” Mr Corneille said. “Appointment bookings are very strong. It’s really a lot stronger than I expected. It’s a very good place.”

Emirates had hoped to resume its twice-daily service in July, but operational problems at Dublin Airport, which has been struggling with a surge in passenger numbers, prompted the airline to postpone its plans.

Mr Corneille said it was difficult at this stage to pinpoint the precise mix of reasons for travel on the route, which has traditionally served as a key gateway for travel between Ireland and Australia.

“The mix of trips hasn’t really gotten back to where it was,” he said.

“New Zealand is still quite limited but Australia is very strong, Bangkok is very strong and Dubai remains strong. The Maldives is always popular but it will be a few more months before we get a real picture of returning to Sydney, Perth and Auckland.”

Oil prices have skyrocketed and the price of jet fuel is currently about double what it was a year ago, having a significant impact on airlines around the world.

“Fuel has been an issue for some time and is reflected in fares and availability,” said Mr Corneille of the broader airline market.

“Emirates doesn’t have a fuel surcharge per se, but fuel is one of your biggest input costs,” he added.

“Emirates is an airline that was profitable when fuel was $100 [a barrel] and $115. That’s the secret: if your fundamentals are strong, you can — not for very long — sustain a fuel hike.”

Mr Corneille said that while a benign fuel environment is making many other airlines profitable, higher prices can put them out of business.

“With Emirates it’s a pressure and we want it to go down but you have to deal with what you have in terms of the mainstream rate,” he said.

https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/enda-corneille-set-to-move-on-from-his-emirates-ireland-role-41948541.html Enda Corneille will leave his role at Emirates Ireland

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