The addition last year of nonstop flights by Cathay Pacific from Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Hong Kong was a major win for area travelers – and this year is only getting better. Dulles is adding nonstop service to Rome, Tel Aviv, Cairo and Lisbon to its offerings. Here are the details for each of the new routes and some “not to be missed” picks for first time visitors to each destination.
Alitalia has begun providing service between Dulles and Rome's Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) five times per week on an Airbus A330-200, carrying 249 passengers in a three class configuration, with 19 in Magnifica business class, 17 in premium economy and 213 in economy. Flights from Dulles leave at 4:15 p.m. and arrive at 7 a.m. the next day in Rome. Flights from Rome depart at 9:30 a.m. and arrive at Dulles at 1:30 p.m the same day.
Not to be missed: Italy’s capital city is overflowing with attractions, and narrowing it down to a few to see is a major challenge However, you can't go wrong with a visit to Vatican City (especially to see Michelangelo’s painted ceiling in the Sistine Chapel), the Colosseum, and the Trevi Fountain. If you find yourself enjoying Rome, be sure to throw a coin with your right hand over your left shoulder into the fountain -- according to legend it will ensure your return. And don't forget to grab a scoop of gelato while you're in town-- Old Bridge Gelato by the Vatican is a can't-miss!
Starting May 22, United will provide service between Dulles and Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) three times per week on a Boeing 777-200ER that will include more than 50 of the airline’s ultra cool Polaris international business class seats. Fights from Dulles will leave at 10:30 p.m. and arrive at 4:30 p.m. the next day in Tel Aviv. Flights from Tel Aviv will depart at 12:20 a.m. and arrive 5:50 a.m. the same day at Dulles.
Not to be missed: We believe visitors to Tel Aviv should get a dose of cultural enrichment as well as fun. As such, we suggest a day trip to swim in the Dead Sea and to tour the Old City of Jerusalem, home to the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Don't feel guilty getting some beach time or hitting one of the city’s famed nightclubs. On second thought, do both!
On June 2, EgyptAir will begin flying between Dulles and Cairo International Airport (CAI) three times per week on a Boeing 787-9 that is brand new with 30 Super Diamond fully flat business class seats. Flights from Dulles will leave at noon and arrive at 4:50 a.m. the next day in Cairo. Flights from Cairo will depart at 11:30 p.m. and arrive at 5:40 a.m. the next day at Dulles.
Not to be missed: There is no question that a day trip to tour the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx should be part of any visit to Egypt’s ancient capital city. However, when it comes to picking among the many other amazing attractions in Cairo it can be a daunting task. We recommend putting the antiquities filled Egyptian Museum and the bustling Khan el-Khalili shopping bazaar on your short list.
Beginning on June 16, TAP Air Portugal will operate direct flights from Dulles to Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) five times per week on a new Airbus A330-900neo, with very reasonably priced business and economy class seating. Flights from Dulles will leave at 10:40 p.m. and arrive at 10:50 a.m. the next day in Lisbon. Flights from Lisbon will depart at 4:30 p.m. and arrive at Dulles at 7:40 p.m. the same day.
Not to be missed: Lisbon is Portugal’s capital, and one of the best ways to capture all its beauty is to visit the São Jorge Castle. It sits in the center of the city and provides breathtaking views of the Baixa district and River Tagus. A great way to tour the Baixa district as well as the neighboring districts of Graca, Alfama and Estrela is on the public tram system -- Tram 28 to be specific -- that weaves its way through the narrow historic streets. You should not leave Lisbon without visiting the picturesque Torre de Belém that sits on the shore of the Rivier Tagus flowing into the Atlantic Ocean.