Emirates to increase US flying

A fifth freedom route from Milan to New York, as well as flights between Dubai and Orlando, are set to restart in June.

Emirates will resume its fifth freedom service between Milan Malpensa (MXP) and New York John F Kennedy (JFK) from June 1, 2021.

The service will be an extension to the airline’s existing flights to Milan EK205, operated by Boeing 777-300 ER. EK205 will depart Dubai (DXB) at 09:45 a.m., arriving in MXP at 2.20 p.m. before departing again at 4.10 p.m. and arriving into JFK at 7 p.m. the same day.

The return flight leaves JFK at 10.20 p.m. and arrives in MXP at 12.15 p.m. the next day. EK206 then departs MXP at 2.05 p.m. and arrives back in DXB at 10.10 p.m.

The resumption of the route comes as Emirates is also planning to restart flights from DXB to Orlando (MCO). Service will begin on June 2, operating 4X-weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

In a statement, Emirates said the routes reaffirm its commitment to the US. From June, the airline will serve 11 US gateways, up from nine in April. In addition to the MCO resumption, Newark (EWR) will also return to the Gulf carrier’s network from June 1.

“The resumed service between Dubai-Milan-JFK will offer more choice to travelers heading from Europe, the Middle East, West Asia, and Africa via Dubai or Milan as well as give seamless access to other US cities beyond New York via the airline's codeshare agreement with JetBlue,” Emirates added.

According to data provided by OAG Schedules Analyser, Emirates intends to provide 51,000 seats to and from the US during w/c July 5, 2021. This compares with about 88,000 during the same week in 2019.

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