Five things to know about the new destinations served by direct flights
Your 2018 holiday options just got a little wider as the UAE's airlines expand their services
1. Santiago: On July 5, Emirates will begin direct flights to Santiago, the Chilean capital that has long-standing cultural connections with the Arab World. Five weekly flights on their 777s will run economy passengers fares beginning from AED5,500, while business class fares begin at AED20,000. This will be the Dubai carrier’s fourth destination in South America. 2. Newark: As of June 1, Emirates now flies direct to Newark, New Jersey with a Boeing 777-300ER. The Newark service is one of a number of additional flights announced by the airline in January, which also includes plans add more flights to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida. Newark is closer to New York’s financial district than the more traditional arrival point, JFK. 3. Barcelona: Etihad Airways will link Abu Dhabi to the Spanish – or Catalan, to be more culturally accurate – city of Barcelona on November 21 to make it the airline’s second destination in Spain. The route will operate five times a week with a two-class Airbus A330-200, before becoming a daily operation on March 31, 2019. 4. Paris: Etihad will operate an Airbus A380 on both its daily flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle from October 1. “The route has never been more in demand,” says Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways CEO, and the upgrade from Boeing 777s will allow the carrier to offer its luxury three-room suite The Residence on all operations to the French capital. 5. Catania: From June 13, Dubai’s low-cost airline Flydubai will begin flying its new 737 Max 8 aircraft to Catania, the second-largest city on the Italian island of Sicily. The carrier also began flying to Krakow, Poland from April 8. Daily flights include a business class cabin with fully reclining seats – which will be ideal for the nearly six-hour journey.