Emirates says it will recommence its fifth-freedom service between Milan Malpensa and New York JFK from June 1.

As before it will operate daily, but for now the flight is with B777-300ER equipment instead of the A380 used previously.

This aircraft is configured for eight seats in first, 42 in business and 304 in economy class. There is no premium economy seating.

From Milan EK205 will depart at 1610 arriving New York at 1900. The return flight EK206 departs New York at 2220 arriving Milan at 1215 the following day.

As noted above this is a fifth-freedom route and as we reported before Emirates had to battle with the Italian authorities to secure traffic rights.

It is a useful service for residents of nearby Swiss Ticino. This is especially true since Swiss withdrew its Lugano-Zurich feeder flights in favour of a rail-air connection which, for some travellers, is not so convenient.

However I advise readers to check schedules at time of booking. I say that because, at time of writing, Italy is in lockdown and has imposed quarantine for international arrivals (more details here).

And the US currently has restricted entry. Let us hope these and any other restrictions will be lifted by June 1.

In other news Emirates has now resumed A380 operation for its Dubai-Bangkok-Hong Kong service.

Daily flight EK384 departs Dubai ai 0250 arriving into Hong Kong at 1820. Return flight EK385 departs Hong Kong at 2130 to arrive back in Dubai at 0515 the next morning.

The carrier has fifth-freedom rights for the Bangkok-Hong Kong sector.

Again readers must note the current restrictions imposed by all three destinations above.