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Emirates to ramp up flights to the United States in October as travel demand increases

Emirates has announced that it will be ramping up services to the United States as the demand for travel is increasing.

Emirates is increasing frequency of flights to various destinations in the United States to meet the ‘growing customer demand on the back of rising travel confidence and the easing of international travel protocols’. The flag carrier of UAE says that there has also been a growing interest from travellers from the US to visit Dubai, which will be hosting a number of major events including the World Expo this winter.

Increase in flights from October

Starting from October 2021, Emirates will be operating 78 weekly flights to 12 destinations in the US with an increase in weekly flights to cities including New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Dallas and Washington DC as follows:

  • New York: 19-weekly flights, increasing from 18-weekly flights (this includes flights connecting Milan and New York)
  • San Francisco: 5-weekly flights, increasing from 4-weekly flights
  • Seattle: 5-weekly flights, increasing from 4-weekly flights
  • Boston: 5-weekly flights, increasing from 4-weekly flights
  • Dallas: 5-weekly flights, increasing from 4-weekly flights
  • Washington DC: 5-weekly flights, increasing from 4-weekly flights

Emirates has already restored pre-COVID-19 daily flight frequencies to Chicago, Los Angeles and on the routes connecting Athens-Newark and Milan-New York.

The Emirates A380 will be operating 24-weekly flights to the United States (12 flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, 7 flights to Los Angeles International Airport and 5 flights to Washington Dulles International Airport).

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Winter season Ramp up

The Dubai-based carrier is planning to further supplement its capacity for the winter season in line with customer demand and travel trends. Emirates states that by early December 2021, it will have restored more than 90% of its pre-COVID flight frequencies to the US with daily flights added to Houston, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas and Washington DC in addition to double daily flights to New York.

Additionally, travellers will have even more opportunities to fly on the airline’s flagship Airbus A380 aircraft from November with 35-weekly flights. The carrier’s flights between Milan and New York will also be upgraded to the A380 from 31st October 2021 resulting in New York being served three times a day by the double decker aircraft. Presently, New York, Los Angeles and Washington DC in the US are served by Emirates A380. San Francisco will join this list when Emirates will deploy its A380 from December 2021.

Through its codeshare agreement with JetBlue, Emirates passengers can enjoy easy connectivity to over 63 destinations in the US and more than 100 destinations through its interline agreement with Alaska Airlines.

Ramp up of Operations elsewhere

Emirates has also been scaling up its flights to destinations across regions. In the Americas, the airline will be operating daily flights to Sao Paulo from October and is increasing flights to Mexico City via Barcelona to 5-times-a-week. The airline has also enhanced its operations to European and African destinations including 25 flights a week to Cairo and 28 weekly flights to South Africa. Popular holiday destinations such as the Maldives will also see a ramping up of operations with Male being served by four daily Emirates flights from mid-October.

Meanwhile, Emirates recently launched a new account-based payment system called ‘Emirates Pay’. The airline has also reopened on its dedicated First Class lounge at Dubai International Airport and has launched an all-new airport service at Dubai International Airport to assist passengers more better. The carrier has launched flights to Miami, Florida making it the airline’s 12th destination in the United States. The airline has ramped up its operations across its network in response to pent-up demand. Emirates has resumed flights to Glasgow and has added a second Airbus A380 service to New York. Emirates Skywards has announced the launch of Skywards+ to offer its members access to exclusive rewards. Emirates, in the past month, has signed codeshare and interline agreements with two airlines. The airline has expanded partnership with South Africa’s Airlink, has announced an interline partnership with Mexico’s Aeromar, has signed a interline agreement with Cemair and has announced codeshare with Brazil’s Azul. Emirates will increase flights to Dublin to Daily in October 2021 and has revealed special A380 and B777 liveries to mark the UAE’s 50th anniversary. The carrier will resume flying to Newcastle in October. Emirates will take delivery of its final 3 Airbus A380s in November 2021 and will deploy Airbus A380 on flights to Johannesburg from October 2021. The airline will also resume flights to Saudi Arabia and St. Petersburg and operate A380 on flights to Istanbul for the first time.

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