Globes reports that Emirates has applied to start commercial flights between Dubai and Tel Aviv starting on February 15th!
The Ben Gurion site for 2/15 shows that FlyDubai has 3 flights scheduled to Dubai, El Al has 3 flights scheduled to Dubai, Israir has 3 flights scheduled to Dubai, Arkia has 1 flight scheduled to Dubai and 1 flight scheduled to Abu Dhabi.
It also shows that Emirates has 1 flight scheduled to Dubai as Emirates flight 931 arriving into TLV at 4:25pm and departing at Emirates flight 932 at 6:25pm.
There aren’t many routes where Emirates and their FlyDubai subsidiary compete, but it seems like Dubai-Tel Aviv will be one of them.
Emirates opened up a kosher food catering facility at Dubai airport, so it should be interesting to see how their new kosher meals are!
@ItayBlumental reports that Emirates will use their 777s for the route, which makes sense as the A380 would be overkill. He also reports that Emirates cargo flights may begin next week.
Etihad previously announced they would fly nonstop between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv starting on 3/28.
Do you think that the Israel-UAE market will be able to support all of these new flights?
- You can read my 2017 trip notes from a layover in Abu Dhabi and Dubai here.
- You can read the Dubai Master Thread on DDF here.
- You can read about kosher options in the UAE on DDF here.
Have you flown between Israel and the UAE yet? Share your experience in the comments below!