By Andy Sambidge
Dubai airline says direct flights between Milan and New York will begin on October 1
Emirates Airline has announced that it will launch its first trans-Atlantic service from October 1.
The Dubai airline said it will launch a direct service between Milan and New York, which will be an extension of one of Emirates’ existing three daily Dubai to Milan flights.
Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline, said: “Operating a trans-Atlantic route has been on our agenda for some time. Having carefully monitored traffic flows we have identified strong demand for both a direct connection and, importantly, for the Emirates product.
"The route is currently underserved, particularly with a strong premium product offering this is where we see a clear opening for Emirates. We intend to capitalise on this opportunity, stimulating further demand and encouraging additional traffic flow in both directions."
The service will originate in Dubai with passengers then able to enjoy a stopover in Milan en-route to New York. On the return flight, passengers will have the option of stopping in Milan before continuing on to Dubai.
In addition to the existing passenger market between Milan and New York, Emirates said it has timed its flight schedule to ensure maximum connectivity for other key feeder markets.
“This new route is the perfect marriage of two likeminded cities. Both destinations offer visitors a dynamic mix of culture and business and we are confident that this new service will not only facilitate travel in both directions, but will also create a greater exchange of business, trade and tourism,” added Clark.
The new service will boost Emirates’ flights to New York to three daily.
Clark said: “Since we launched services to New York in 2004, demand has grown steadily. We recently introduced a double daily A380 service on this route to meet the increased demand and now is the right time to launch an additional flight, operating via Milan.
"Not only do we see existing potential from expatriate traffic but we are also acutely aware of the business potential that can be tapped from the wider catchment areas, thanks to our convenient flight schedule.”
Emirates said it will deploy its Boeing 777-300ER on this route.
ENAC, the Italian Civil Aviation Authority, has authorised the services between Milan and New York on an extra-bilateral basis and Emirates said it is confident that over the next 18 months an evaluation will demonstrate significant economic benefits for the Italian economy, exporters, tourism and airports.
“We greatly appreciate the support of ENAC and think it will have a very positive impact on the Italian air transport market and airports,” Clark said.
In addition to passenger services, Emirates SkyCargo will offer a total of 38 tonnes of freight capacity between both cities each day.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.