UAE carrier Emirates has resumed its flights between Dubai and two South American destinations, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, which were previously suspended due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Flight EK247, operated with a Boeing 777 aircraft, is a linked service between Brazil and Argentina and resumed operations last week. The four-times weekly flights from Dubai to Rio de Janeiro with onwards service to Buenos Aires will operate as EK247/EK248.

EK247 departs from Dubai at 08.05am and lands in Rio de Janeiro at 3.25pm. After a 1 hour and 45 minute stopover, the flight continues to Argentina at 5.10pm, landing in Buenos Aires at 8.40pm. The return flight, EK248, takes off from Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires at 10.20pm and arrives in Rio de Janeiro at 1.10am the next day, afterwhich it departs again at 2.55am, and arrives in Dubai at 11.35pm.

Emirates passengers traveling to and from other destinations in South America, including connections between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, can avail of Emirates’ codeshare and interline partnerships with regional partners such as GOL, LATAM, Azul, Copa and Avianca.

Both Brazilian and Argentinian nationals traveling to Dubai are eligible for visas on arrival.

The carrier’s wide-body Boeing 777 aircraft accommodates a cargo capacity of around 20 tons per flight between Argentina and Brazil and Dubai.

With the resumption of services to Argentina, which was first launched in 2012, Emirates has restored over 90 per cent of its pre-pandemic network, comprising over 130 destinations including Dubai.