I was told by someone who looked at a flight tv screen on Wed. morning at the airport that the EK outbound showed only 218 pax. Is it still the A380 until mid May? As has been said, May is probably the quietest month and I'm not suggesting such a load is generally indicative of a slow-down but nevertheless a useful reminder that even EK can have low loads at MAN, as presumably has happened at BHX. Of course, if Wednesday's flight was well populated with premium fare paying passengers in J class, even 218 is not disastrous and economy pax might have had 3 seats to themselves.
Emirates increase from Low (517 seats) to High(615 seats) density A380 on the morning EK021/022 for 31st August, 2nd, 4th & 8th September and the lunchtime flight, EK017/EK018 26th, 29th, 30th, 31st August and 3rd & 4th September.