By Andy Sambidge
Dubai carrier says agreement will open up new destinations Down Under and in South East Asia
Emirates Airline has announced a codeshare agreement with Jetstar to open up new destinations for its passengers across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.
Emirates’ code will now be placed on a number of routes operated by Jetstar Airways in Australia and New Zealand and Jetstar Asia, giving passengers access to 27 new routes and six new destinations such as Bali in Indonesia, Byron Bay in Australia, Dunedin in New Zealand and Siem Reap in Cambodia.
Members of Emirates Skywards, the airline’s frequent flyer programme, will also be able to earn miles for flights on Jetstar-operated routes which have the Emirates code, the Dubai-based airline said.
“This new link between Emirates and Jetstar offers our passengers a number of benefits including new routes to destinations that are not part of the Emirates network today,” said Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president, Planning, Aeropolitical & Industry Affairs.
“The link between Emirates and Jetstar is also fantastic news for our Emirates Skywards members, giving them more options to use their miles to explore new countries and cultures,” added Kazim.
From April 6, all Emirates’ passengers on Jetstar flights will receive boarding passes on check-in at their first international departure point for connecting international services.
The codeshare includes seven domestic routes in Australia to add to the 50 that Emirates already codeshares with Qantas; four new routes in New Zealand, six new routes between Australian and New Zealand over the Tasman Sea and ten international routes out of Singapore to Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong.
Emirates/Jetstar codeshare itineraries went on sale from Thursday for travel from April 6.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.