Emirates has announced plans for a new route to Miami International airport, bringing the carrier’s US network to 12 destinations.

The four times-weekly service will launch on July 22, and will be operated by a three class B777-300ER with eight first class suites, 42 business class seats and 304 seats in economy.

Flights will depart Dubai at 0310, arriving into Miami at 1100, with the return leg leaving the US city at 2110 and landing back into Dubai at 1935.

Miami will join the carrier’s existing US destinations of Boston, Chicago, New York (JFK and Newark), Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC and Orlando, and means Emirates will offer a total of 70 weekly flights to the country.

The news comes as rival Gulf carrier Qatar Airways announced it is now flying to more US destinations than before the onset of Covid-19, with the resumption of flights to Atlanta. The carrier is also increasing frequency to Miami to five flights per week from July 7.

Qatar Airways now flying to more US destinations than pre Covid-19

Commenting on the news His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates chairman and chief executive said:

“Launching a nonstop service to Miami at this time signals our confidence in travel recovery as countries progress on their vaccination programmes and implement protocols for the safe resumption of flight and travel activity, particularly in the US and the UAE. It also underscores our strong commitment to the US market which Emirates now serves with over 70 weekly flights across 12 gateways.

“There is a clear demand for this service from both leisure and business travellers and we anticipate that our new route will be warmly received across our global network, as well as by travellers in Southern Florida, South America and the Caribbean who can conveniently access Dubai and our wider network via Miami’s many air service connections.

“We look forward to facilitating even more tourism and commerce opportunities to and from Florida with this new route, and to providing our customers with the award-winning Emirates experience.”