Emirates resumes flights to Rio and Buenos Aires

Emirates resumes flights to Rio and Buenos Aires

The South American flights were previously suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic

With the resumption of services to Argentina, a route first launched in 2012, Emirates has restored over 90% of its pre-pandemic network, comprising more than 130 destinations. 

The four weekly flights from Dubai to Rio de Janeiro with onwards service to Buenos Aires will operate as EK247/EK248.  

EK247 departs from Dubai four times a week at 08:05 and lands in Rio de Janeiro at 15:25. After a one-hour-45-minute stopover, the flight continues to Argentina at 17:10, landing in Buenos Aires at 20:40. 

The return flight, EK248, takes off from Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires at 22:20 and arrives in Rio de Janeiro at 01:10 the next day, after which it departs again at 02:55, flying to the airline's hub, Dubai, with a scheduled arrival time of 23:35.

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Emirates currently operates daily flights between São Paulo and Dubai, on its popular flagship A380 aircraft, featuring its signature Onboard Lounge for premium-class passengers and Shower Spa for first-class passengers.

Both Brazilian and Argentinian nationals travelling to Dubai are granted visas on arrival, making a stopover in the city easy.


Argentina has long been a popular tourist destination for global travellers and in 2019 was ranked the 4th most visited destination in South America, and 28th in the world, in terms of visitor numbers, according to 

In 2019, Argentina recorded 7.4 million tourist arrivals, out of which Buenos Aires ranked 88th place of the world's most popular cities with 2.77 million visitors mainly encompassing leisure, business and VFR (Visiting Friends & Relatives) travellers.

Meanwhile, Brazil is currently ranked the 9th most visited destination in South America, and 32nd in the world, recording 6 million tourist arrivals in the same year. Rio de Janeiro took the top spot in the most visited cities in Brazil and reached 99th place in the list of the world's most popular cities, welcoming 2.33 million tourists annually.

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