Dubai carrier Emirates says it aims to restore its US services to nearly 80% of pre-Covid levels by October and to more than 90% by December with more connections to Boston, Dallas, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC.
It says that passenger demand is growing on the back of rising travel confidence and the easing of international travel protocols.
From October, there will be 78 weekly flights to 12 destinations in the US with flights to Boston, Washington, San Francisco, Seattle and Dallas all up from four to five a week, to New York up from 18 to 19
Emirates says it has already restored pre-Covid frequencies to Chicago, Los Angeles and on the routes connecting Athens and Newark and Milan and New York.
The airline is planning to further supplement its capacity for the winter season with daily flights to Boston, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington in addition to double daily flights to New York.It added that the ramp up of flights to the US will also provide increased connectivity and choice for cargo customers. During the pandemic, Emirates SkyCargo transported thousands of tonnes of PPE and other essential supplies including pharmaceuticals and vaccines on its flights around the world and, since January 2020, Emirates SkCargo has moved more than 250,000 tonnes of cargo to and from the US.
Elsewhere in the Americas, the airline will be operating daily flights to Sao Paulo from October and is increasing flights to Mexico City via Barcelona to five times a week. It has also enhanced its operations to European and African destinations.