Emirates and its low-cost sister airline Flydubai have announced they will codeshare on 29 routes as part of their tie-up in July.
The two Dubai-based carriers in July announced a tie-up under which they were to operate an “expansive codeshare agreement with increased schedule alignment, fleet and network sharing to more than 200 destinations”, they said in a statement at the time.
The agreement will also see alignment of frequent flyer programmes – but the airlines will continue to operate independently, they said.
As the partnership comes into effect, Emirates said this week it would codeshare on 29 routes operated by Flydubai across three continents.
The codeshare is intended to help passengers reach more destinations easily, frequently and quickly, the airlines said.
Passengers can book from October 3 for travel commencing on October 29.
Among the codeshare routes are GCC destinations including Kuwait, Muscat and Salalah, Eastern European destinations such as Belgrade, Baku and Prague, and Middle East, India and Africa destinations including Asmara in Eritrea, Lucknow in India, and Najaf in Iraq. The full list is pasted below.
The announcement marks one of the first phases of the extensive partnership agreement that will in future “see the creation of additional city-pair connections as the codeshare agreement is expanded and both airlines’ networks are optimised”, Emirates and Flydubai said.
Also in this first phase, Emirates Skywards members can earn Skywards miles and Skywards Tier Miles on codeshare flights with Flydubai, while Premium members can receive additional baggage allowance perks.
Under the new partnership, passengers will also benefit from a reduced minimum connection time of 120 minutes between Emirates’ home in Terminal 3 and Flydubai’s in Terminal 2, the airlines said.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and CEO of Emirates Group and chairman of Flydubai, said: “This is an exciting first step in unlocking the benefits of the partnership for passengers who will have the opportunity to enjoy the unique advantages each airline offers as well as greater choice and flexibility when connecting via Dubai.
“This is just the start and as we expand the partner network in the coming months we will open up more opportunities for our passengers to explore the world.”
Full list: Emirates and flydubai partnership codeshare destinations
• Asmara (Eritrea)
• Belgrade (Serbia)
• Kiev Zhulyany (Ukraine)
• Juba (South Sudan)
• Krasnodar (Russia)
• Samara (Russia)
• Kazan (Russia)
• Mineralnye Vody (Russia)
• Odessa (Ukraine)
• Prague (Czech Republic)
• Rostov-on-Don (Russia)
• Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
• Skopje (Macedonia)
• Sofia (Bulgaria)
• Tbilisi (Georgia)
• Kuwait (Kuwait)
• Baku (Azerbaijan)
• Lucknow (India)
• Ahwaz (Iran)
• Bandar Abbas (Iran)
• Esfahan (Iran)
• Lar (Iran)
• Shiraz (Iran)
• Najaf (Iraq)
• Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)
• Muscat (Oman)
• Salalah (Oman)
• Yekaterinburg (Russia)
• Bucharest (Romania)For all the latest transport 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.
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