Academics and business leaders in Boston will have another nonstop route to the Middle East when Emirates starts flying between Boston and Dubai in March. The airline will offer daily flights from Logan International Airport to Dubai International Airport on a 266-seat Boeing 777.
Dubai is the second nonstop destination from Logan to the Middle East announced this summer. Turkish Airlines plans to launch a Boston-Istanbul flight in May.
Both cities are important gateways, said Thomas Glynn, chief executive of the Massachusetts Port Authority, noting that Emirates has dozens of connections from Dubai to India, Southeast Asia, and East Africa, as well as to the Middle East. Last year, more than 331,000 passengers traveled to those markets out of Boston.
Massport has announced a number of international flights in the past year and a half, including Tokyo, Panama City, and Istanbul. Dubai will be the airport’s 35th international destination. Adding new overseas destinations will continue to be a focus for Logan, said Glynn, and the more airlines that start flying out of Boston, the more others will be interested.
“It does build a sense of momentum,” he said.
The Boston flight will be Emirates’ eighth US destination, and the fifth new route added by the airline this year, including Algiers, Tokyo, Stockholm, and Warsaw. The airline, owned by the Dubai government, flies to more than 130 destinations in more than 60 countries.
“Our Boston service will further develop this exciting gateway into the Northeastern United States,” Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline & Group, said in a statement. “Based on passenger demand, we believe the time is right to further boost our US operations while stimulating channels of trade and tourism to and from the state of Massachusetts and the wider New England region.”