Emirates serves 12 destinations across the US and Canada this year, down by one following the end of Fort Lauderdale. The airline is now North America’s fourth-largest foreign long-haul airline.
Emirates is North America’s fourth-largest foreign long-haul airline this year, based on total available seats. It is behind British Airways, Lufthansa, and Korean Air, analyzing OAG data reveals, but ahead of KLM, Qatar Airways, and Turkish Airlines.
Not that there’s much in it, with fewer than 150,000 seats separating Emirates and the three trailing it. Simple Flying examined Qatar Airways’ North America network and found that it has 13 non-stop routes. Despite coronavirus, the region is one of the few growth areas for the carrier – which cannot be said for Emirates.
New York JFK tops the charts
Emirates has 12 destinations in North America this year, the same number it had back in 2016. This has reduced from a high of 13 as a result of Dubai to Fort Lauderdale ending. This route began in 2016 and operated until 2020.
Fort Lauderdale was the Emirates’ least-served destination in this region in 2019. In contrast, New York JFK was the airline’s number-one, followed by Newark, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington Dulles. This year, JFK is naturally still top, but the order is now as follows.
- New York JFK
- Los Angeles
- Washington Dulles
- San Francisco
Toronto is down by only 6%
While the 12 destinations, mentioned above, are down by an average of 44%, three stand out. Toronto has reduced by only 6%, Chicago 15%, and Los Angeles 17%. It is for this reason – and the bigger reductions elsewhere – that they have jumped so much up the table.
Toronto is for now third, up from eighth, at least for now. It is five-weekly, as it was in 2019. But while it was then served only by the A380, this year it is about both the B777-300ER (until April) and the superjumbo (from March). This accounts for it being down so marginally.
Emirates’ Dubai hub
As with all major hub-and-spoke airlines, even if they only operate narrowbodies like Panama’s Copa, Emirates’ Dubai hub is coordinated to drive connectivity. The airline’s North America services are no exception.
In a randomly chosen week in mid-August, Emirates has 70 departures to the US and Canada, with 14 departure times, as follows. All but three flights leave between 0815 and 0955.
|Departure time from Dubai||To||Weekly flights||Aircraft|
|02:50||New York JFK||3||B777-300ER|
|09:45||JFK via Milan||7||B777-300ER|
|10:50||Newark via Athens||7||B777-300ER|
The reason for this is obvious: to be fed by a hugely important arrivals bank, including Emirates’ largest number of arrivals from South Asia. US/Canada flights arrive back the next day between 18:30 and 19:15, this time feeding the largest number of departures to South Asia.
It’s hardly a surprise that in 2019 Emirates carried five times more passengers over Dubai to South Asia than to its second-largest region, the Middle East.
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