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Emirates to Increase U.S. Flights as Restrictions Ease

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Emirates intends to increase flights to the United States as travel restrictions ease further and in advance of the World Expo event in Dubai, which is projected to attract millions of tourists.

The airline will increase flights to a number of US cities beginning in October, with the goal of restoring more than 90% of its pre-Covid frequencies to the country by early December.

The United States reduced its travel warning for the United Arab Emirates to level 3 from level 4 earlier this month.

The pandemic had a significant impact on Emirates, with widespread border closures preventing travelers from making the intercontinental journeys in which the carrier excels.

As travel demand grows, it has increased operations and expects to hire 3,000 cabin crew and 500 airport services staff for its Dubai base over the next six months.

The UAE, which has one of the world’s quickest immunization programs, has seen a decline in daily cases. Dubai, one of the country’s seven emirates, is preparing to host the Expo event in October, with the goal of attracting 25 million visitors over the course of six months.

The Emirates Airlines Announcement

Emirates is increasing flight frequencies to a number of US destinations from October. The airline has been building up connectivity in response to growing customer demand on the back of rising travel confidence and the easing of international travel protocols. There has also been a growing interest from US travelers to visit Dubai, a city that offers something for everyone and will be hosting a number of major events including the World Expo this winter.

October operations: Starting from October, Emirates will be operating 78 weekly flights to 12 destinations in the US with an increase in weekly flights scheduled for Boston (BOS), Dallas (DFW), New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA) and Washington DC (IAD) as follows:

  • Boston: five weekly flights, increasing from four flights a week
  • Dallas: five weekly flights, increasing from four flights a week
  • New York: 19 weekly flights, increasing from 18 flights a week (including flights connecting Milan and New York)
  • San Francisco: five weekly flights, increasing from four flights a week
  • Seattle: five weekly flights, increasing from four flights a week
  • Washington DC: five weekly flights, increasing from four flights a week

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.

Always a customer favorite, Emirates’ flagship A380 aircraft featuring the signature Onboard Lounge and Shower Spa will be flying to the US 24 times a week (12 flights to JFK, 7 flights to LAX, and 5 flights to IAD) from October.

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