By Staff writer
Airline announces plans for daily service between Dubai and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Emirates on Tuesday announced it will launch a daily service between Dubai and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on December 15.
The Dubai-based airline's 11th passenger route in the United States will serve the South Florida area, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and West Palm Beach, it said in a statement.
The airline will operate a US-built Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in a three-class configuration on the route, offering 8 First Class suites, 42 Business Class lie-flat beds and 216 Economy Class seats for travellers, and up to 15 tonnes of bellyhold cargo for shippers.
“Fort Lauderdale and Miami are two of America’s most exciting destinations for leisure and business travel,” said Sir Tim Clark, president Emirates Airline. “Broward County and Dade County combined to host more than 25 million visitors last year, mainly from the United States and Latin America."
He added: “We anticipate our service will contribute to the economy of South Florida by bringing new travellers to the area from across our route network, at the same time offering greater competitive choice for consumers and new one-stop passenger and air cargo connectivity for the region to the global destinations that we serve. We launched our non-stop Dubai-Orlando service roughly a year ago and its strong performance encouraged us to select Fort Lauderdale as our 11th US destination.”
Marty Kiar, Broward County Mayor, welcomed the flights saying: “This non-stop service will allow world travellers to experience our sun-drenched beaches to the majestic beauty of the Everglades and all the sensational attractions of a cosmopolitan area. Additionally, our residents can now explore the Middle East and the other 150 plus cities served by this world class airline.”
"Amid seemingly endless airline consolidation and diminishing value for travellers, this new service from Emirates is a welcome development," added US Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. "We hope to see more of this type of service expansion, which provides a much-needed infusion of connectivity and healthy competition into our aviation market."
Fort Lauderdale is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States with the Everglades one of the top 3 busiest cruise ports in the world, welcoming more than 4 million annual visitors.
Emirates has carried more than 14 million passengers on US flights since launching services to New York in 2004. The airline currently serves 10 US gateways – Orlando (MCO), Chicago (ORD), Boston (BOS), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA), Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH), Washington (IAD) and New York (JFK), as well as operating a trans-Atlantic route between JFK and Milan and freighter services to Atlanta and Columbus.