By Sam Bridge
From early 2020, customers travelling to India can take advantage of many more flight options on routes common to both airlines
Emirates has signed a codeshare and interline agreement with SpiceJet to give travellers to and from India access to a wider and a stronger route network.
This is the first-ever codeshare agreement signed by SpiceJet.
From early 2020, customers travelling to India can take advantage of many more flight options on routes common to both airlines – Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Cochin and Delhi, a statement said.
Emirates’ customers can book and connect in Dubai on direct services to Amritsar, Calicut, Mangalore, Madurai, Jaipur and Pune – routes served by SpiceJet, it added.
The codeshare agreement means travellers from across the globe can book a single ticket to any of Emirates’ nine points across India and connect onwards to 172 domestic routes that are part of SpiceJet’s network.
SpiceJet’s domestic network includes popular destinations like Goa, Dehradun, Dharamshala, Jaisalmer, Jammu, Srinagar, Leh, Guwahati, Pondicherry, Port Blair, Shirdi, Tirupati, Udaipur and Varanasi.
In the first phase of the agreement, customers can start booking flights from Monday for travel starting December 15.
Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ chief commercial officer said: “Our partnership will help us leverage SpiceJet’s extensive route network, so that our customers who are visiting friends and family can fly closer to their hometowns, while tourists can more easily access many of the incredible sights and sounds India has to offer. This will also have a significant and positive impact on businesses in both countries and globally. We look to strengthening our partnership with SpiceJet even more in the coming months.”
Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director, SpiceJet said: “We are very pleased to partner with Emirates for this new codeshare agreement which will... strengthen our position in the region and complement our international expansion strategy.”
The codeshare agreement, which is subject to government approvals, follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding by both airlines in April.