Which Airlines Don’t Serve Alcohol And Why?

For many passengers, a glass of wine or can of beer is part of the flying experience. However,…

Which Airlines Don’t Serve Alcohol And Why?

For many passengers, a glass of wine or can of beer is part of the flying experience. However, for other travelers, this factor is completely foreign. In fact, numerous airlines outright restrict alcohol on their services.

Some airlines are strict with their alcohol policies. Photo: Getty Images.

The reasoning

The majority of airlines that ban alcohol sale on their aircraft are based in the Middle East and some are based further east across Asia. Naturally, there are significant Muslim populations in the countries that these carriers operate in. With alcohol heavily prohibited in these nations, it’s only natural that their businesses follow suit.

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It should be noted that not all Middle Eastern carriers prohibit alcohol on their flights, with the likes of Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar Airways offering service in this field. Photo: Getty Images

The airlines

Here is a look at notable examples of airlines that don’t serve alcohol on their flights.

Air Arabia: The Emirati low-cost airline states that alcohol is prohibited onboard its planes.

EgyptAir: The flag carrier of Egypt doesn’t sell alcohol. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it outright prohibits it. The airline doesn’t mind catering to passengers that bring their own alcoholic products onto the aircraft.

Iran Air: In Iran, alcohol has been legally prohibited for Muslim Iranians since 1979. This strong stance carries over to the national airline, with no offering of alcohol.

Iraqi Airways: There is no sale of alcohol on the Iraqi flag carrier. However, it can be carried in checked luggage.

Kuwait Airways: Kuwait’s national carrier doesn’t allow alcohol on its services.

Pakistan International Airlines: PIA does not serve alcohol on its flights. Pakistan’s national carrier also doesn’t let passengers consume it while on its services.

Royal Brunei Airlines: No alcoholic beverages will be found in the cabin of Brunei’s flag carrier.

Saudia: All Saudi carriers prohibit the drinking and carrying of alcohol on their services.

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Some restrictive carriers aren’t as stringent as their counterparts. Photo: Getty Images

Other instances

Some carriers don’t serve alcohol on domestic routes. For example, Turkish Airlines only offers booze on international services and in its airport lounges. This domestic trend can also be seen across other countries such as India and China. Nonetheless, there are some exceptions.

Notably, some airlines are implementing temporarily bans amid social conditions. For instance, this summer, certain operators in the United States implemented alcohol restrictions on their services.

There has been a significant surge in rowdy passengers over the last year. Therefore, the likes of Southwest Airlines and American Airlines decided to restrict alcohol sale throughout the summer months.

Nonetheless, for these airlines, the change in policy is just part of the series of measures implemented in response to the global aviation overhaul in the last year and a half. Food and beverage offerings have had to adapt. However, for the carriers mentioned earlier in this article, the alcohol policy is more set in stone.

What are your thoughts about the sale of alcohol on board aircraft? What do you make of the policies of the different airlines? Let us know what you think of the conditions in the comment section.

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American Airlines Adds Two New Routes Out Of Miami

Starting this December, Fort Worth, Texas-headquartered American Airlines will add two new destinations from its largest international gateway…

American Airlines Adds Two New Routes Out Of Miami

Starting this December, Fort Worth, Texas-headquartered American Airlines will add two new destinations from its largest international gateway at Miami International Airport (MIA). As the US carrier continues to grow its footprint in South Florida, Miami’s hometown airline will offer flights to Dominica and Anguilla in the Caribbean.

American Airlines will use Embraer E175 for the MIA to AXA and DOM flights. Photo: Getty Images

Starting December 8, 2021, American Airlines will fly twice a week on a Wednesday and Sunday to Douglas-Charles Airport (DOM) in Dominica. The flight will depart MIA at 11:00 and arrive at DOM at 15:21. The return flight will leave Dominica at 16:24 and arrive in Miami at 18:55. Beginning December 11, 2021, American Airlines will offer non-stop flights to Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (AXA) on the island of Anguilla. No other information is available now, and the flight is not yet in the American Airlines reservation system.

AA has been growing its network from MIA

When speaking about the new flights in a statement seen by the Miami Herald newspaper American Airlines president of MIA hub operations, Juan Carlos Liscano, said:

“We have been strategically growing our route network to give customers more choices to new destinations, better meeting the demand for travel to Miami, the Caribbean, and Latin America.”

The move to offer flights to Dominica and Anguilla follows an American Airlines statement announcing new flights from MIA to San Andres Island, Colombia, and Chetumal, Mexico. The Texas-based airline was also planning on flying from Miami to Paramaribo, Suriname starting this month, but it has now been delayed until September.

International travel from MIA is still down

When speaking in an American Airlines statement about the airline’s new routes from Miami, MIA Interim Director Ralph Cutie said:

“I deeply appreciate the commitment by American Airlines to further expand its presence in Miami-Dade County with even more routes and increased flights coming soon to Miami International Airport. Our County’s tourism industry has almost fully returned to pre-pandemic levels, and that is largely due to American Airlines’ unwavering service to our community as our busiest airline partner.”

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MIA is a large hub for American Airlines. Photo: Getty Images

Despite an increase in people flying, international travel from MIA is still down from 2019 levels. According to the Miami Herald, during May, MIA saw 1,090,347 people taking international flights, which is down 40% on 2019 levels.

About Dominica and Anguilla


The Carribean island of Dominica is a part of the Windward Islands chain in the Lesser Antilles archipelago. Wedged between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, Dominica is an English-speaking island that attracts independent travelers and eco-adventures. With its lush rainforest-shrowded volcanos and superb diving Dominica is an unspoiled Carribean gem. Unlike some of its Carribean neighbors, Dominica has resisted the lure of mass tourism and does not have a cruise terminal or an airport capable of handling large aircraft. Last month American Eagle flew a proving flight with an Embraer ERJ-170, but we believe a 76 seat Embraer ERJ-175 will be used on the route.

Both islands are English-speaking destinations. Image GCmaps


Situated east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and directly north of Saint Martin., Anguilla is a British Overseas Territory with approximately 14,731 people. You will find luxury hotels and villas that cater to celebrities and jet-setters who crave a vacation off the radar on Anguilla. The sandy beaches are fabulous, and the offshore reefs offer spectacular snorkeling in crystal clear water. Unlike many other nearby islands, Anguilla is relatively flat, which means getting around by car or bicycle is easy.

What do you think of American Airlines two new Carribean destinations? Please tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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