Ft. Lauderdale airport to offer nonstop service to the Middle East

South Florida travelers will soon be able to fly nonstop between Fort Lauderdale and the Middle East.

The Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport announced Tuesday that Emirates Airlines plans to launch non-stop service between Broward County and Dubai. The flights begin Dec. 15. 10046_3210_emirates-777-200

This is the first time the airport has offered nonstop flights to the Middle East.

The Broward County airport will be one of only 11 in the U.S. that are served by Emirates Airlines.

“Broward County is honored that Emirates Airlines has selected FLL as their gateway to our vibrant and exciting destination,” said Marty Kiar, Broward County Mayor. “This nonstop service will allow world travelers to experience our sun-drenched beaches to the majestic beauty of the Everglades and all the sensational attractions of a cosmopolitan area. Additionally, our residents can now explore the Middle East and the other 150 plus cities served by this world-class airline.”

With a fleet of more than 230 aircraft, Emirates Airlines currently flies to over 150 destinations in more than 80 countries around the world. Over 1,500 Emirates flights depart Dubai each week on their way to destinations on six continents.

“Emirates is one of the world’s most sought after airlines. They offer award winning customer service, worldwide connectivity through their airline partnerships, including jetBlue Airways and a fleet of long-range, world-class aircraft. We are honored they chose FLL to launch their new service in the South Florida region.” said Mark Gale, the airport’s CEO/Director of Aviation.