Orlando International Airport Welcomes Back Long-Haul Passenger Service on Emirates

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Orlando International Airport Welcomes Back Long-Haul Passenger Service on Emirates

ORLANDO, FL. – After a 15-month hiatus, Emirates has resumed commercial service between Florida’s top destination and Dubai. Emirates’ service to Dubai International Airport is Orlando International Airport’s (MCO) longest long-haul route.

The last in-bound passenger flight from Dubai International Airport was March 23, 2020. Although passenger service had been suspended early last year, Emirates planes continued to fly into Orlando International Airport on  a regular basis delivering cargo to the region.

“As we continue to recover from the global pandemic, we’re glad to see our international carriers make their return to the Central Florida region and our world-class airport,” said Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “The resumption of passenger service by Emirates really means the return of access to incredible destinations in Southeast Asia and India.”

When Emirates first began Orlando service in 2015 it also opened the gateway to Africa, the Middle East and even Australia. Emirates, known as a premier air carrier with top notch service, is resuming service with four weekly  flights on a Boeing 777. The aircraft features 266 seats across three classes.

Inbound flights depart Dubai International at 8:55 a.m. and arrive at MCO at 4:30 p.m. Departing flights leave Orlando at 9 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, arriving in Dubai at 7:10 p.m. the next day.

Basic MCO Information: In 2019, Orlando International Airport welcomed more than 50 million annual passengers  making it the busiest airport in the state and the 9th busiest in the U.S. MCO is currently engaged in a $3.8 billion  capital Improvement Program to increase capacity and enhance customer convenience.