Emirates Announces Nonstop Flight From Dubai To Fort Lauderdale That Will Take Over 16 Hours

Emirates will launch daily nonstop flights from Fort Lauderdale to Dubai in December.

Emirates chose Fort Lauderdale because it is getting significant feed from Jetblue at the airport (Jetblue does not fly to MIA.) The plane will sit on the ground in Fort Lauderdale for 10 hours to maximize connections.

The flight from Dubai to Fort Lauderdale will take 16 hours and 25 minutes (the return flight is 14 hours and 20 minutes), by far the longest flights to and from the airport.

FLL’s runways are likely too short to allow for a full 777 to take off, so the airline will have to limit the amount of cargo and passengers on the flight, cutting into profitability. An eventual upgrade to an A380 on the route is also unlikely because of the runway limitations.

 

 

PreviouslyEmirates Studies Fort Lauderdale, Runway Length An Issue

 

Emirates To Launch New Daily Service to Fort Lauderdale
Airline’s 11th US Passenger Route to South Florida Will Commence on December 15, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 — DUBAI, U.A.E – Emirates today announced it will launch a daily service between Dubai and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, on December 15, 2016, serving the South Florida area, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and West Palm Beach. This will be Emirates’ 11th passenger route in the United States.

The airline will operate a GE-powered 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.”

“Broward County is honored that Emirates airline has selected FLL as their gateway to our vibrant and exciting destination,” said Marty Kiar, Broward County Mayor. “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,” said US Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “When international airlines open new routes to US airports, providing supply where there is previously unmet demand, both flyers and local economies benefit enormously from higher customer service standards and the good, non-exportable jobs fueled by increased travel. 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.”

Emirates’ daily flight EK213 will depart Dubai (DXB) at 3:00 a.m. local time and arrive in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) at 10:25 a.m. The return flight EK214 will depart FLL at 8:20 p.m. arriving in Dubai at 7:40 p.m. the following day, with a flying time of 14 hours and 20 minutes.

Explore South Florida, the Caribbean and More with Emirates

Passengers wishing to travel beyond the Fort Lauderdale-Miami area to onward destinations in the US, Caribbean and Latin America can take advantage of Emirates’ codeshare partnership with JetBlue Airways (B6) that offers connection options to over 26 destinations in the US and 19 destinations throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, including the Bahamas, Cancun and Havana.

Visitors to the Sunshine State will also benefit from having two Emirates gateways in relative close proximity to each other, providing more options for travellers to make the most of their journey to Florida. For example, travellers to Fort Lauderdale can see several destinations in South Florida for either leisure or business, visit local attractions and towns just a few hours north in Orange County, then fly back to Dubai direct from Orlando International Airport (MCO) or onwards on an Emirates connecting flight. Providing this increased flexibility to business and leisure travellers, combined with the ease and convenience of flying into and out of FLL and MCO, is expected to add significant visitor numbers to the State of Florida.

New and Quick Connections to South Florida and Beyond

Passengers from the Middle East, GCC, Africa, South Asian subcontinent, and the Far East can enjoy quick and convenient connections in Dubai before they travel onwards to Fort Lauderdale. In particular, passengers from destinations such as Beirut, Doha, Riyadh, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Bangkok, Cebu, Singapore, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, as well as Colombo and Karachi will experience connection times of less than 4 hours while in Dubai.

New Connections from South Florida to Middle East, Africa, South Asian Sub Continent and Far East

Whether returning home or embarking on a new journey, passengers travelling from Fort Lauderdale will experience new and shorter connection times in Dubai. For example, passengers travelling from Fort Lauderdale to Johannesburg will experience the best roundtrip connectivity in the industry with quick connection times in Dubai. Travellers from Fort Lauderdale heading to Bangkok, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Amman, Bahrain, Beirut, Dammam, Doha, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Islamabad, and Lahore will also enjoy fast connection times in Dubai.

Destination Information

Fort Lauderdale is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States thanks to its abundant sunshine and temperate weather. Its pristine beaches and championship golf courses attract leisure travellers year round, and are home to millions of “snowbirds” – US residents from cold-weather states who own second homes in the area. Fort Lauderdale is also a popular destination for the cruise industry. Broward County’s Port Everglades, one of the top 3 busiest cruise ports in the world, welcomes more than 4 million annual visitors.

Miami is one of America’s most vibrant cultural destinations and one of the Western Hemisphere’s financial capitals. Just a 30 min drive to Fort Lauderdale, Miami is home to the largest concentration of international banks in the US. Miami’s metropolitan area is the eighth-largest in the US with a population of 5.5 million people. Miami is nicknamed the “Capital of Latin America” thanks to its preponderance of Latin American expatriates and first-generation American Latinos. Hispanics and Latinos comprise more than 70 percent of the city’s population, and have created a cultural fabric that is uniquely Miami. The Port of Miami is the busiest cruise port in terms of both passenger traffic and cruise lines. Miami is one of America’s cultural meccas, famous for its proprietary take on nightlife, art, music, architecture and cuisine.

The Emirates Experience

All Emirates’ passengers will experience award-winning service and innovation, both on board and on the ground. All passengers will have access to, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system offering more than 2,500 channels of on-demand entertainment at every seat, gourmet regionally inspired dishes, complimentary wines, and dedicated children’s menus and activities. Passengers will also experience Emirates unmatched inflight service from a multilingual Cabin Crew representing over 135 nationalities and more than 60 languages.

Complimentary Chauffeur Drive Service

First Class and Business Class passengers can also travel to and from the airport via Emirates complimentary Chauffeur-drive service, making it easy and convenient for customers from Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach and other South Florida cities to arrive on time, refreshed, and ready for their flight with Emirates.

 

 

 

 

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Anonymous
5 years ago

Its a great day for all south florida instagram models and hookers that now dont have to drive to MIA to get a flight to see their sugar daddies in the middle east

Anonymous
5 years ago

all of a sudden we are all pilots and airport coordinators.

Polo
5 years ago

WHAT?!!!!!

Anonymous
5 years ago

Emirates did their market research and chose FLL. It’s not a bad thing. Competition between the airports is very good for the consumer.

This should also not be a surprise because Emirates is geared towards people connecting on to Asia. And given that Broward has the larger and faster growing Asian population, this move makes sense.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Very simple….FLL airport gives better deals to airlines , less operating costs , and is closer to the palm beach county where many rich people from all around the world have second homes …..

Anonymous
5 years ago

Why all the negative Miami vs Ft Lauderdale talk? Why demean those that live in the same community? I fly out of both multiple times a year for business and pleasure. I choose based on the destination, flight options, and cost typically. Some routes make more sense from MIA, others from FLL. The Emirates folks chose FLL because of the partnership with Jetblue, plain and simple. They would not compromise the opportunity to put more butts in seats (fly on a fully loaded 777 long range or an A380) if they didn’t have a good reason.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Emirates to MIA would’ve made more sense than FLL.

Just because of JetBlue? If you didn’t know, JetBlue flies to the same cities in Latin American from JFK and FLL.

This makes little to no sense.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Good luck trying to expand at FLL. A380 performs better than the 77W on the runway at FLL but the A380 is just too big to fit at FLL.

77W is impossible on a long-haul flight.

MIA would’ve been the smarter choice in the end.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Can someone who knows more about planes explain this to me? Their plane is too big for the runway, but they can leave some seats empty and have less weight which will let them use FLL?

Anonymous
5 years ago

You can block seats, yes. And cargo. But it won’t be as profitable.

Taking off at night with a cool temperature helps as well.

Mike
4 years ago

I’ve already flown this route twice and I love it. I have always gladly used FLL over Miami. So much less crowded and quicker security, check in, and baggage claim. Plus the traffic in and around MIA is hell.

I’ve even paid a premium to use FLL over MIA in the past, so I love this. Not to mention equal distance between Boca Raton and Miami makes it equally accessible to many more people than if they had chosen MIA.

Smart move by Emirates!

Anonymous
5 years ago

This flight isn’t going to be 16 hours. Qatar said to MIA was going to be 16hr and 40m when really it takes no more than 14hr and a few minutes.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Love this! BUT why not from MIA? That’s where most of the ME business travel originates from. There are 50 of us in Miami area that take QA to Qatar and then on to Dubai for business 4x a year. If Emirates or Qatar would go direct to Dubai we would happily take either – but not from FLL.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Clearly JetBlue played a big role. Maybe they also didn’t want competition from Qatar at MIA?

Anonymous
5 years ago

You make it seem like FLL and MIA are worlds apart. Wouldn’t it make more sense to take the Uber or Tri-Rail from Miami to FLL and get on a direct flight to Dubai, rather than fly MIA to Doha, disembark, waste a minimum of two hours on the ground and then get on a plane AGAIN to fly for one more hour to Dubai.

Anonymous
5 years ago

With all due respect, I would think this is not from someone who lives in Miami. The people that I know that live in Miami that do ME travel, don’t got to FLL. No differenr than those that fly out of O’Hare vs Midway in Chicago. FLL Retirees vs MIA to the Middle East? Facts don’t lie – look at the demographics.

Fredric
5 years ago

Not to get into an argument about which airport is better (MIA has runways long enough to accommodate a fully-loaded A-380, to say
nothing of a 777) but the comment about “FLL retirees” is lame and
smacks of the 1980s. Broward’s populace has been getting steadily younger and younger (also more diverse) for the past 2 to 3 decades and is not nearly so retiree-oriented anymore, in case anyone hasn’t noticed.

Marc
5 years ago

Hmmm….cater to the interest of you “50” who are based in Miami (a whopping 30 min drive from FLL)….or fly out of FLL and open their market up to the rest of the US and Latin America via the JetBlue codeshare?

Enjoy connecting in Doha on Qatar. I’ll gladly take the empty seats on the better airline (Emirates) while departing from the airport with a brand new Int’l terminal that is much less of a hassle (FLL)

Anonymous
5 years ago

It’s not just us. It’s reality. Emitates marketing obviously didn’t look at the market demographics from Miami. If you think the avg per capita income from FLL is the same as MIA, u also didn’t look at the facts.

Marc
5 years ago

Once again you didn’t look at the reality. Emirates either pull people from ONLY the Miami market, or pull passengers from JetBlue’s entire route network plus “South Florida” residents who don’t have a stick up their bum and are afraid of driving to Broward County out of fear of being called poor or old.

Anonymous
5 years ago

theres going to be a train that takes you from miami to FTL very soon. so its not going to be a big task.

La Mala
5 years ago

How are they to maximize on load factors if they are limited with the metal they can use? Emirates pax are the most demanding and FLL falls short, even if you have Global Entry its a mess with all the construction and halls and detours. Not happening..

Anonymous
5 years ago

Which is why MIA would’ve made more sense. At least in terms of expansion.

Aj
5 years ago

when is Next going to stop this stupid thumbs up and down cancelling out each other? I want to know how many up voted and how many down.

Guillermo A Márquez
5 years ago

How much will cost the flight ?

Anonymous
5 years ago

No, MIA is full. They (Emirates) is very late to the game. All of the prime spaces in the terminal and gates to accommodate their wide body fleet of aircraft has already been occupied by their competitors. Their loss! Insight from airport executive

Anonymous
5 years ago

Oops wrong actually sorry

Anonymous
5 years ago

LoL. Do you think that would stop MIA from getting Emirates?

And do you know how many gates are open at MIA at the time of arrival for them in FLL?

At 10:30am, you can pick your own gate! That’s how much space there is….

Anonymous
5 years ago

Ha. Fort Lauderdale vs Miami. #notachance #95istheworst #funnyargument #clueless