Emirates still has to restart its flights to Santiago de Chile.
This week, Emirates restarted its flights to Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) after a hiatus of almost 2 and a half years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Dubai-based carrier operates four weekly flights to the Argentine capital city in a 5th freedom route that also covers Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport (GIG).
Is Emirates restarted in Argentina?
On Wednesday, November 2, Emirates resumed its commercial scheduled route between Dubai International Airport (DXB), Rio de Janeiro, and Buenos Aires.
Emirates operated a Boeing 777-300(ER) for this 1st flight, with a capacity for 354 passengers in a three-class configuration. The aircraft had registration number A6-EGI. This is an 11.02-year-old aircraft 1st ordered by Emirates in July 2007. It was delivered in November 2011.
- By restarting this service, Emirates now flies to four destinations across Latin America. These are Sao Paulo Guarulhos International (GRU, its oldest, as it landed there 15 years ago), Mexico City International (MEX), Rio de Janeiro, and Buenos Aires
As reported by the Khaleej Times, Saeed Abdullah Al Qamzi, UAE Ambassador to the Argentine Republic, met with Salem Obaidallah, Senior VP of Commercial Operations (Americas Region) for Emirates.
Emirates Airlines to Argentina
During the meeting, Al Qamzi stressed that the return of Emirates Airlines to Argentina would contribute to tourism, trade, and investment between the 2 countries. He said that Emirates Airlines would aid leverage the enormous potential of the 2 countries, as they had a significant increase in commercial trade last year, exceeding $1.11 billion.
Emirates Airlines also restarted its commercial service to São Paulo this week, employing its flagship Airbus A380 fleet. The carrier had changed the aircraft employed on the route to a Boeing 777-300(ER) for the last 2 months because of the low season in the region. The 777-300 can carry 356 passengers, while the jumbo A380 can carry up to 516 passengers.
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According to data by Cirium, Emirates employs the Boeing 777-200(LR) in flights to Mexico City, the 777-300(ER) in services to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, and the Airbus A380 to São Paulo.
Emirates operated a third-fifth freedom route between
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Emirates Airlines operated a third-fifth freedom route between the Middle East and Latin America.
This route was Dubai-Rio de Janeiro-Santiago de Chile (DXB-GIG-SCL). Overall, the Dubai-based carrier flew day-to-day to Rio de Janeiro, with 4 flights per week, then going to Buenos Aires and 3 to Santiago de Chile. Nonetheless, there is currently no statement if Emirates Airlines will restart its service to the Chilean capital city in the near future.
A fifth freedom of the air is “the right or privilege, in respect of scheduled international air services, granted by one State to another State to put down and to take on, in the territory of the first State, traffic coming from or destined to a third State.”
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