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Emirates to begin Milan-NY route

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Dubai-based airline Emirates says it will start its first direct flights connecting Europe and the U.S. later this year.

The planned Milan-New York route marks another effort by the fast-growing carrier to expand into new markets. Currently, all Emirates flights across the Atlantic start in Dubai.

Emirates said Monday the new service will begin Oct. 1.

The airline sponsors the popular soccer club AC Milan.