DUBAI: December 15, 2016. Emirates has begun a daily B777-200LR service from Dubai to Ft. Lauderdale, its 11th U.S. destination and second in Florida after adding Orlando in September last year.
The new 14-hour nonstop flight can carry up to 15 tonnes of cargo.
Emirates says its new route will serve the Miami catchment area as well as Palm Beach 48 miles to the north, where Donald Trump has his Mar-a-Lago home and resort.
Following his election as U.S. president last month, Trump reportedly dropped a 20-year, US$100 million lawsuit against Palm Beach County. He claimed noise and emissions from aircraft using nearby Palm Beach International Airport were damaging his resort.
Commenting on the new Emirates service, Broward County mayor Barbara Sharief (seated left of picture) said Ft. Lauderdale airport is one of the fastest growing in the U.S. with more than 29 million passengers this year. "We have recently invested US$2.4 billion to expand and renovate our airport to insure world class service now and in the future," she declared.
"With an estimated annual economic impact to our region of more than US$100 million and approximately one thousand new jobs as a direct and indirect result of Emirates arrival, we are confident this new service will mark the beginning of many more great things to come," added Mark Gale, Ft. Lauderdale Airport CEO and director of Aviation (seated right of picture).
Since 2004 Emirates has carried more than 16.1 million passengers and 740,000 tons between the U.S. and Dubai.