Combined network expected to reach 240 destinations by 2022
Emirates and flydubai have announced 16 additional destinations to which passengers will be able travel on a single ticket.
The two Dubai-based carriers announced a tie-up in July 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, which started with 29 routes, also sees alignment of frequent flyer programmes – but the airlines will continue to operate independently, they said.
The additional 16 flights includes destinations such as Zanzibar, Kathmandu and Kilimanjaro.
Travellers can book on Emirates.com, through Emirates’ contact centres, or via travel agents for travel commencing from November 8 2017.
Emirates President, Sir Tim Clark said said the codeshare agreement has received a "positive response from travellers" since it came into effect on October 3.
"Nearly 14,000 sectors have been ticketed during the first week of operation, surpassing our expectations. We have witnessed strong demand for travel from Europe and the United States to South Asian destinations," said Clark.
"This partnership is an unprecedented opportunity for both airlines to unleash the combined power of their networks, offering travellers greater choice and flexibility when planning their trips. We want to make exploring the world as friendly and as convenient as possible.”
Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, added: “The many benefits of Dubai’s international aviation hub have been recognised by travellers who have already shown that they are keen to explore the world together. Today’s announcement will allow them to discover another 16 destinations as well as enjoy the unique personality of each airline.”
Emirates and flydubai will continue to offer a travel experience reflective of each other’s brand. For bookings under the codeshare, Emirates passengers will receive complimentary meals and the Emirates checked baggage allowance on flights operated by flydubai in both Business and Economy.
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.
New codeshare destinations: