Emirates Airline said today that it has restored 90% of its network and is on track to reach 70% of pre-pandemic capacity by the end of 2021.

Emirates also said today that its Irish operation is gearing up for its busiest month since February 2020 and flights from Dublin to Dubai and onwards to eastern destinations are booking up fast for Christmas.

"Bookings for December have been brisk and we are almost at full capacity for the whole month of December and right into January," Enda Corneille, the airline's country manager for Ireland, said today.

"While this would not have been unusual pre-2020, it's a significant boost to our operations in Dublin and indeed our sector, following a turbulent 20 months," Enda Corneille said.

It's heartening to finally be able to say, with some confidence, that the outlook for 2022 is positive," he added.

Having reduced its service to just two weekly flights at the start of the pandemic, Emirates is now operating a daily service between Dublin and Dubai and onwards to more than 120 destinations.

It said the top two destinations for Irish holidaymakers this season are Dubai and the Maldives, with Dubai attracting almost 70% of all passenger traffic.

Enda Corneill said the partial reopening of Australian borders has been a "game-changer" and Emirates have seen a 197% increase in bookings to Sydney and Melbourne since the easing of restrictions.

"Passenger traffic is two-way as Irish ex-pats in Australia can now come home to family and friends for the holidays with confidence, knowing they can return without restriction," he added.

Emirate's Dubai to Sydney route is once again being serviced by its flagship A380 aircraft and it is expected that the A380 will also be redeployed on the Melbourne route from February 2022.

"This is good news for the aviation sector and great news for Emirates customers, as the airline seeks to sustainably rebuild capacity and connectivity across its network," Enda Corneille said.

"We have no dates as yet for the resumption of our double daily service from Dublin. The further lifting of restrictions in Australia, and other markets, will be central to that decision and I'm hopeful that we will be able to continue rebuilding our schedule from Dublin next year," he added.

Emirates said today that it carried 6.1 million passengers between April 1 and September 30, up 319% from the same time last year.