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Emirates sets 23rd June as the launch date for Tel Aviv flights

The much-delayed Emirates’ nonstop flight to Tel Aviv has finally gotten a new launch date. The airline has announced that it will launch flights to the Israeli capital on 23rd June 2022.

Finally!

If all goes according to the plan, starting 23rd June 2022, Emirates will operate a daily flight between Dubai International Airport and Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. The flights will run with the following schedule:

  • Dubai-Tel Aviv
  • Departure time: 15:50
  • Arrival time: 18:00
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 10 minutes
  • Flight number: EK931
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Tel Aviv-Dubai
  • Departure time: 19:55
  • Arrival time: 23:59
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 4 minutes
  • Flight number: EK932
  • Frequency: Daily

Emirates says that the flight schedule has been timed to provide convenient access to Dubai, and optimum connection opportunities to popular holiday destinations like Thailand, India, Philippines, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and South Africa. The flights will be operated by the airline’s 3-class Boeing B777-300ER featuring 8 First Class suites, 42 lie-flat Business Class seats and 304 standard Economy Class seats.

Adnan Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates, said:

We look forward to finally welcoming customers onboard our flights to and from Tel Aviv this summer, and offer them substantial connectivity to and through our Dubai hub as COVID travel restrictions continue to ease around the world and more borders open up. In addition to unlocking tremendous pent-up demand, Emirates’ debut into Israel will mean more choice for travellers as they return to the skies, and more opportunities for businesses to visit Dubai and beyond to our far-reaching network of almost 130 destinations, alongside our signature hospitality and award-winning onboard experience.

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He added:

Emirates is committed to creating new opportunities for business and tourism, and strengthening the bilateral ties between the UAE and Israel. We are confident that our new services will have a positive impact on enhancing Israel’s connectivity to a wealth of global destinations, and we thank the UAE and Israeli authorities for their ongoing support in making this service possible.

This route was initially supposed to launch in December 2021. However, as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 spread around the world, Israel closed its borders to international travellers and that meant that the demand was much less. Israel’s borders are now mostly open to international travellers, so we can hope that the country will stay open until June when the flight launches unless a new variant comes and forces the closure of the borders.

Together with multiple-daily codeshare flights operated by flydubai, the new Emirates flights will also offer easy inbound connections from Emirates points with multiple daily and weekly flights throughout Australia, India, Philippines, Thailand and South Africa, many of which are home to thriving Jewish communities. Travellers from the United States and Brazil can opt to stop for the Dubai Stop Over package before they continue their journey to Tel Aviv.

In 2021, Israel was ranked as one of Dubai’s top 20 source markets, according to Dubai Department of Economy & Tourism, and that ranking is set to build up even further as the city continues to welcome more visitors in 2022 with its ever-expanding list of experiences and diverse offerings.

The new service to Tel Aviv will also provide 20 tonnes of cargo capacity on each flight, providing channels for Israeli businesses and start-ups to export products like pharmaceuticals, high-tech goods, fruits and vegetables and other perishables. The flights are also expected to transport manufacturing raw materials and components, semiconductors and e-commerce parcels into Israel.

Emirates has an extensive Middle East network and currently flies to 12 cities across the region from Dubai.

Meanwhile, Emirates recently announced the opening of a dedicated check-in facility in Ajman, UAE.

Featured image by Emirates

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