The strategic partnership between Dubai’s two airlines, Emirates and flydubai, is set to grow further in 2019 with new codeshare destinations to be added.
The partnership, which came into effect at the end of October 2017, has delivered greater global connectivity, flexibility with flight options, one integrated loyalty programme, and the convenience of travelling on a single ticket since its launch.
During 2019, the network of codeshare flights will be further expanded, with the launch of new flydubai destinations Naples and Budapest, as well as several others that will be announced in due course, a statement said.
It added that flydubai flights to Chittagong will also restart from January 20, while flights to Kozhikode, Kerala, will start from February 1.
Between January and December 2018, the two airlines said they have jointly carried 3.29 million customers on codeshare flights across 84 destinations.
Through the codeshare partnership, Emirates customers can access 67 additional destinations through flydubai’s network, while flydubai customers have 115 additional destinations they can travel to on Emirates network.
“The partnership between Emirates and flydubai has really taken off and we are very pleased with what has been achieved. It has not only delivered tangible benefits to our collective customers, but also to both airlines in terms of the synergies that come with working closely together,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and CEO of Emirates Group and chairman of flydubai.
“In addition, the partnership has also helped to further strengthen Dubai’s position as a leading global aviation hub with the increase in traffic flows resulting from the two airlines’ codeshare network, and by enabling smooth and seamless connections for customers through the city’s modern and comfortable international airport,” he added.
The partnership started with codeshare flights to just 29 cities, and has since expanded to 84.
Currently, the combined networks of Emirates and flydubai is 216, which by 2022, is expected to reach 240 destinations.