Arrival of Emirates flight EK213 to Miami International Airport at 11 a.m. on July 22, 2021 marked the start of the airline’s new passenger route four times a week between Dubai and Miami, its 12th destination in the United States.
The United Arab Emirates airline had been providing service to neighboring Fort Lauderdale from 2016 to early 2020, when it suspended flights to a number of destinations due to Covid-19. In the intervening period, the airline made the decision to serve South Florida out of Miami instead. According to Essa Sulaiman Ahmad, Emirates Divisional Vice President of the United States and Canada, this was due to the economic viability of both their passenger and freight services. “It made sense to leave Miami. There are huge potentials, not necessarily only in [the city itself] but also the Caribbean and the other destinations that connect here, ”he shared at the inaugural welcome reception.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava added: “This is the first time in our history and we are grateful that another airport has ‘lost’ Emirates for our win.”
Flights to / from Miami run four times a week on the Emirates’ three-class Boeing 777-300ER, which offers eight first-class private suites, 42 business-class flat seats and economy-class 304 seats. Flights depart from Dubai at 03:10 and arrives in Miami at 11:00. Flights out of Miami depart at 21:10 and arrives in Dubai at 19:35 the next day.
Apart from Dubai, Mr. Ahmad Forbes that he anticipates this route which will enable a new level of service from South Florida to West Asia and the Indian Ocean; Southeast Asia, specifically the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand; Middle East and Africa.
Since resumption of flights, Emirates has ensured that security measures are in place at every point of contact from check-in to landing. “We make sure we clean the plane 100 percent, and we use Hepa filters that help us with 99% of the air circulation, which is circulated every two to three minutes,” Ahmad said. Otherwise, everything else is in place, including unlimited caviar and Dom Pérignon 2008 in first class.
In the United States, besides Miami, the Emirates currently also serves Boston, Chicago, New York (JFK and Newark), Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC and Orlando.