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United Airlines ends commercial ties with Emirates, flydubai

Dubai-based carriers say they continue to have ticketing and baggage interline pacts with other airlines

United Airlines ends commercial ties with Emirates, flydubai
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US carrier United Airlines has terminated its ticketing and baggage interline agreements with a number of Middle East airlines, including Dubai-based Emirates and flydubai.

An interline booking is a voluntary commercial agreement between individual airlines to handle passengers travelling on itineraries that require multiple flights on multiple airlines.

In a statement to Arabian Business, Emirates confirmed the interline agreement with United Airlines was terminated on May 5.

“We are committed to our US operations with 101 flight departures per week to 12 American gateways,” the statement said.

"Our passengers continue to enjoy increased connection options through our existing codeshare partnerships with JetBlue, Alaska Airlines and WestJet; and our interline agreements with Virgin America, Porter Airlines, Hawaiian and Sun Country."

A flydubai spokesperson said United Airlines cancelled their flights to Dubai in February 2016 and as there are no significant connecting opportunities between the two carriers the interline agreement has come to an end.

“However, flydubai has interline agreements with a number of airlines offering connectivity and convenience to its passengers,” he added.

A United spokesperson confirmed to Arabian Business that interline agreements were terminated with some Middle Eastern airlines from May 5.

“As part of the continuous monitoring and adjustment of our partnership agreements, United has decided to end its interline agreements with some airlines in the Middle East,” the spokesperson said.

While the US carrier did not give names of the Middle Eastern carriers, a local media report said the airline has also terminated its commercial ties with Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) and Royal Jordanian.

Arabian Business has approached Saudia for a comment.

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MattJ 3 years ago

Once again, shooting themselves in the foot, so to speak. The US airlines continue on about the ME3 which is a shame... less tourism, less business. Soon no electronics onboard from aircraft departing Australia, possibly Asia and of course Europe...

Telcoguy 3 years ago

Not really. US airlines at this point care more about protecting their local monopolies in internal flights than anything else.
They enjoy a huge local market that is quite well shielded from foreign competitors and they are trying to keep that way.
And "security" will take care of competition in international routes.
Quite shameful, but it is the new reality.

Bharat Jashanmal 3 years ago

United's loss.

procan 3 years ago

Telcoguy.... I so agree.