Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Emirates offers bargain fares to romantic Italy

Looking for an exceptional romantic getaway? Emirates, the world’s largest international air carrier, is offering two-for-one fares for flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Milan’s Malpensa Airport (MXP) for a period that includes the Valentine’s Day weekend.

Bookings made through Jan. 22 will feature special fares for two passengers traveling together in all cabin classes, ranging from $7,999 in private First Class suites to $4,999 in Business Class and $799 for Economy class. The special fares are for travel from Jan. 25 to May 10.

First class and Business class passengers will enjoy complimentary chauffeur drive service, luggage allowances and an invitation to relax inside Emirates’ award-winning lounges in both cities, allowing passengers to travel with ease before they have even stepped on board, the airline said in its statement announcing the special fares.

In addition to the upcoming Valentine’s Day weekend, the travel period for the special fares will also enable travelers to visit the fashion capital during Milan’s Fashion Week, or the 2015 World Expo that begins May 1.

Emirates 777-300ER
All passengers will enjoy gourmet regionally inspired dishes, complimentary wines, dedicated children’s menus and activities, and ice, Emirates’ award winning entertainment system offering more than 2000 channels of on-demand entertainment at every seat, the airline said.

In addition to the special fares in all classes, travelers can now seamlessly book train tickets online to some of the most popular destinations in Italy, including Rome and Venice, with Emirates’ Italian national rail partner, Trenitalia. Once passengers book online flights from New York to Milan with this special offer, they are able to take advantage of special rail connections at the time of their airfare booking, allowing connections to over 700 stations across Italy.

More information on booking Trenitalia tickets on Emirates.com is available here.

Emirates first flight arrives in Seattle
Photo by Carl Dombek
Emirates commenced direct non-stop flights from JFK to MXP on Oct. 1, 2013 under an 18-month authorization for the flights from ENAC (Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazione Civile), the Italian Civil Aviation Authority, as well as the United States, based on the assumption that the flights will demonstrate “significant economic benefits for the U.S. and Italian economies, exporters, tourism and airports.”

Arrangements that allow airlines to carry revenue traffic (in other words, paying passengers) between foreign countries other than the airline’s own country are uncommon, largely due to the complexities of international politics and the need to obtain agreements from all the countries involved.

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