With its main office located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Emirates has declared its plan to extend its network to South America. The airline is eager to open a route that connects El Dorado International Airport (BOG) in Bogotá, Colombia with Miami International Airport (MIA) in Florida. Emirates formally requested authorization to run this route from Colombia's Aeronautica Civil, the Civil Aviation Authority, on February 10. Emirates has flown cargo on this route in the past, but it now wants to start offering passenger services as well.
Emirates have been considering serving Colombia for a number of years. During the ICAO Air Service Negotiation Event in 2021, the Colombian Civil Aviation Authority and the United Arab Emirates came to an agreement. Under this agreement, airlines with headquarters in the United Arab Emirates, such as Emirates and Etihad, are authorized to run up to seven weekly flights between Miami and Bogotá. Furthermore, following the first year of operation, the agreement permitted an increase in frequency to several daily flights.
This service appears to be getting closer to reality based on recent developments. Emirates has formally asked the Colombian Civil Aviation Authority for permission to operate the route. The airline's application will be evaluated in a public hearing on February 16 at 15:00 local time. Aeronautica Civil will have the last say in the matter. If permitted, Emirates intends to use a Boeing 777-200LR or 777-300ER, which can carry 264 or 310 passengers, respectively, to perform the route.
In addition, Emirates has modified its flight schedule between Miami and Dubai International Airport (DXB), presumably in front of these events. The airline currently runs a daily route between the two airports. The return flight, EK-214, leaves Miami at 21:10 local time and lands in Dubai at 19:25 local time the following day. Flight EK-213 leaves Dubai at 3:10 local time and arrives in Miami at 11:00 local time. This itinerary will be followed through to June 2 of this year.
Emirates will, however, be implementing a new timetable as of June 3. While the return flight, EK-214, will leave Miami at 00:45 local time and arrive in Dubai at 23:00 local time the following day, the rescheduled EK-213 flight will depart Dubai at 2:15 local time and arrive in Miami at 10:05 local time.
The Miami-Bogotá service may now make effective use of the aircraft thanks to this timetable alteration. Emirates plans to use the Boeing 777 aircraft that presently flies the Miami-Dubai route, with a length of almost four hours each way.
Emirates presently operates flights to a number of South American locations, including Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Rio de Janeiro International Airport (GIG) in Brazil, and São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) in Brazil, with connections made through Dubai International Airport (DXB).