Emirates Launching Flights To Tel Aviv, Israel (Update)

Emirates Launching Flights To Tel Aviv, Israel (Update)

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Update: With Israel once again closing its borders to visitors due to the new omicron variant, Emirates is delaying its new service to Israel. As of now there’s not just a minor delay in service, but rather Emirates has pulled inventory on this route through the end of the schedule. Of course it’s possible that the timeline will be moved forward once again. Below you can find the original post from November 4, 2021.

It’s finally happening — Emirates will start flying to Israel as of December 2021, and tickets are now on sale.

Details of Emirates’ new route to Tel Aviv, Israel

Emirates will launch a new route between Dubai (DXB) and Tel Aviv (TLV) as of December 6, 2021. The airline will operate the route daily with the following schedule:

EK931 Dubai to Tel Aviv departing 2:50PM arriving 4:25PM
EK932 Tel Aviv to Dubai departing 6:25PM arriving 11:25PM

Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER first class

The flight will cover a distance of 1,326 miles, and is blocked at 3hr35min westbound and 3hr eastbound. Flights between the United Arab Emirates and Israel are now allowed to use airspace of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, significantly cutting down travel time compared to the circuitous routing that used to be needed when flying to & from Israel.

Emirates will use a three cabin Boeing 777-300ER for the route, featuring 354 seats, including eight first class seats, 42 business class seats, and 304 economy class seats.

Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER business class

This new route is already on sale. For months there had been speculation that Emirates would launch this route, but it kept getting pushed back due to travel restrictions. With Israel now gradually opening to tourists, I guess Emirates thinks the time is right.

Overall service between the UAE & Israel

For context, in August 2020 there was an exciting update to diplomacy in the Middle East, as we saw the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Part of this new cooperation involves an air service agreement, which allows for commercial flights. We’ve seen a huge number of flights already launched between the two countries, including on EL ALEtihad, and FlyDubai, among others.

EL AL now flies to Dubai

There had been a lot of speculation about whether or not Emirates would launch nonstop flights between Dubai and Tel Aviv. The reason for the speculation is that FlyDubai operates several daily frequencies between the two airports, and the airline is also owned by the government of Dubai.

The two airlines cooperate closely, and there aren’t many markets that are served by both FlyDubai and Emirates. However, Tel Aviv will be an exception. Clearly Emirates sees sufficient demand to add even more capacity to the route. At least as of now, it doesn’t look like FlyDubai will be cutting back frequencies in the market when Emirates enters.

FlyDubai also flies to Tel Aviv

Emirates has a kosher catering facility in Dubai

While this goes back a while, I think it’s still a cool thing to highlight, given that this route is finally happening. In September 2020 it was announced that Emirates Flight Catering would launch Kosher Arabia, a dedicated kosher food production facility at the company’s facility in the UAE.

This is the first catering facility in the UAE to become a registered and certified producer of kosher food. While Emirates Flight Catering previously offered kosher meals, this was done via an outsourced supplier. That has now been brought in-house, with production having started earlier this year.

So for those who order kosher meals when flying, you can expect some high quality food on Emirates.

Emirates has brought kosher catering in-house

Bottom line

Emirates will finally be launching flights to Tel Aviv, Israel, as of December 2021. The airline will initially operate a once daily flight with a Boeing 777. We’ve known for quite a while that the airline intended to add this route, and I’m happy to see this finally happening.

It’s incredible to see how much new air service Israel has seen in the past year, in light of relations improving with nearby countries.

What do you make of Emirates’ new route to Israel?

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  1. Harold Rosenholtz Guest

    Thanks Ben for this most interesting story.

  2. AC Guest

    Since Israel has now blocked all non citizens from entering the country due to concerns over Omicron I wouldn't be surprised at all if this was pushed back

  3. Joe Guest

    Great to see Emirates going into Israel and Palestine. Awesome news.

  4. Fairplay500 Guest

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  5. Peter Downunder Guest

    The flight could get a lot of traffic connecting from Australia and New Zealand. Whilst the connections going east are very convenient, the wait going west is about 12 hours.

  6. SAS Guest

    Shameful decision. Arab airlines should NOT be flying to Israel at a time when Israel continues to abuse, murder and persecute Palestinians and steal THEIR land.

    1. James Guest

      Oh, hush, little one.
      Take your bigotry elsewhere.

    2. Arabian Guest

      There is no country called Palestine

  7. Jan Guest

    Thank you for making this possible Mr. Trump!
    :D lol

  8. Maciej Guest

    Just to let you know that TLV will not be an exception being served by both EK and FZ.
    Both airlines operate to many destinations together. These are some examples: HYD DEL MAA BLR BOM MLE MCT RUH JED DMM IST BUD PRG WAW.

  9. Dude26 Guest

    Excellent news!

    Demand between TLV and DXB has developed quite incredibly. There are now something like 8-10 flights a day around the clock across Flydubai, ELAL, other Israeli airlines : Israir, Arkia (also a daily flight to AUH by EY), and I think it's safe to say that the Emirates flights will be packed as well. Good call on their part - demand has just exploded.

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Harold Rosenholtz Guest

Thanks Ben for this most interesting story.

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AC Guest

Since Israel has now blocked all non citizens from entering the country due to concerns over Omicron I wouldn't be surprised at all if this was pushed back

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Joe Guest

Great to see Emirates going into Israel and Palestine. Awesome news.

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