MIAMI — Emirates is getting its second destination in Florida with the launch of a new daily service to Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport, set to start on December 15.
Flights will be operated by a Boeing 777-200LR in a 3-class layout, with seating for 266 passengers. The airline has highlighted in a press release that the cargo capacity of 15 tonnes will allow the airline to offer bellyhold cargo for shippers.
Emirates’ daily flight EK213 will depart Dubai (DXB) at 03:00 and arrive in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) at 10:25, all local times.
The return flight EK214 will depart FLL at 20:20, arriving in Dubai at 19:40 the following day, all local times, with a flying time of 14 hours and 20 minutes.
“Fort Lauderdale and Miami are two of America’s most exciting destinations for leisure and business travel,” Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said in a statement. “Broward County and Dade County combined to host more than 25 million visitors last year, mainly from the United States and Latin America.”
In a recent interview with Matthias Schmid, Vice President Sales USA, Emirates, the executive commented that the airline was known for “choosing non-traditional gateways,” while admitting that neither Miami, nor Fort Lauderdale would be ruled out for potential destinations at that time.
Emirates also holds the distinction of being the largest Airbus A380-800 and Boeing 777 operator in the world. Actually, Emirates has being an operator of all triple seven variants, including the freighter version through its division SkyCargo. To date, the Dubai-based carrier serves 154 destinations in 82 countries across six continents.
“Emirates is one of the world’s most sought after airlines. They offer award winning customer service, worldwide connectivity through their airline partnerships, including jetBlue Airways and a fleet of long-range, world-class aircraft. We are honored they chose FLL to launch their new service in the South Florida region,” said Mark Gale, CEO/Director of Aviation.
With JetBlue expanding its Ft Lauderdale focus city to 14o flights per day, including international expansion, both airline’s feed compliment each other. This has also been the case with code shares at Boston and New York JFK.
Qatar Airways has pursued a similar strategy at Miami with oneworld partner, American Airlines, where the carrier has built to daily service to Doha.
In the last years, Ft. Lauderdale has seen an extensive growth in international service, with new carriers such as Norwegian, Condor and Brazil’s Azul. The airport is currently undergoing a $2.4 billion modernization plan, which includes an expansion of its International Terminal T4 and prepares the opening of its International Concourse at T1, which will be destined to Southwest Airlines’ International services.
However, the new 7,809-mile service to Dubai is not the longest ever served out of FLL. Back in the mid 1990s, South African Airways operated a short-lived 8,067-mile Johannerburg service, which was subsequently transferred to Miami in 1996.