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Emirates and flydubai extend partnership, expect to serve 240 destinations by 2022

Peter Terlato 8 November 2017 NEWS

Emirates passengers who book codeshare flights will receive free meals and checked baggage allowance.

Full-service airline Emirates and low-cost carrier flydubai extended their partnership this week, announcing 16 new single ticket codeshare destinations, including cities in Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Russia.

From November 8, travelers can book flights to these new destinations, either on Emirates’ website, through Emirates’ contact centers or via travel agents. Both airlines are based out of Dubai International Airport.

“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. Today’s announcement will allow them to discover another 16 destinations as well as enjoy the unique personality of each airline,” flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith said.

The two Emirati airlines kicked off their partnership earlier this year in July, in an effort to leverage each other’s network, scale up operations and accelerate growth. Both airlines continue to be managed independently.

The partnership is intended to assist the airline’s to carry passengers to and from 240 destinations by 2022.

“We are thrilled with the positive response from travellers. 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,” Emirates president Sir Tim Clark said.

The new codeshare destinations comprise Bratislava (Slovakia), Chittagong (Bangladesh), Djibouti (Djibouti), Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Hargeisa (Somalia), Istanbul – Sabiha Gokcen (Turkey), Kathmandu (Nepal), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Mattala Rajapaksa (Sri Lanka), Makhachkala (Russia), Podgorica (Montenegro), Sylhet (Bangladesh), Ufa (Russia), Voronezh (Russia), Yerevan (Armenia) and Zanzibar (Tanzania).

Emirates passengers who book codeshare flights will receive complimentary meals and checked baggage allowance on flights operated by flydubai for both business (up to 40kg) and economy (up to 35kg) fares.

Emirates Skywards members can earn regular miles and tier miles on the new codeshare flights and in addition to the Emirates free checked baggage allowance, Skywards premium members receive extra checked baggage allowances of 20kg (Platinum), 16kg (Gold) and 12kg (Silver) on codeshare flights operated by flydubai.

Silver, Gold and Platinum members can also access flydubai’s business check-in counters and priority tags.

Additional frequent flyer member and loyalty program benefits will be announced over the next few months.

There is a minimum connection time of 120 minutes between Terminal 3 (Emirates) and Terminal 2 (flydubai).

Emirates and fellow Middle Eastern carrier Etihad regularly appear in the top 10 airlines of the world.

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