Connecting flights just got better in the UAE thanks to new operational alliances and partnerships between Dubai-based carrier Emirates—the largest airline in the Middle East—and flydubai, a government-owned low-cost airline. The two carriers will work closely to offer customers access to a network that will be “improving the commuter experience through Dubai International for both Emirates and flydubai passengers,” reports Gulf News.
Emirates hopes the partnership will improve the routes to some destinations while strengthening the position of both airlines and allowing them to optimize the use of their respective fleets.
The airline will be able to issue tickets for each other in codesharing and of course offer new routes and coordinate schedules.
Both airlines will remain independent but will leverage each other’s network to align their operations and their systems at Dubai International Airport for better customer service to passengers. The airlines confirmed that the partnership will increase the number of destinations they serve to 216, up from 157, and eventually will reach 240 airports with a fleet of 380 aircraft by 2022. This will continue to increase Middle East air passenger traffic for domestic and international travelers, as per the IATA while giving a boost to the travel market.
As part of the new codeshare agreement (gone into effect 3 October), passengers will be able to purchase tickets that will allow them to use Emirates and flydubai in combination to ensure best deals, seamless baggage handling and, in general, better service for passengers beginning October 29. This is sure to be very appealing to many flyers!
Other benefits include those for members of each airline’s frequent flyer and loyalty programs, as a part of the integration, when travelers book their codeshare flights together.
While Emirates partners with flydubai to broaden destinations from its networks based around their respective hubs in Dubai, Emirates SkyCargo also recently entered into a code-share partnership for air cargo transportation with Cargolux Airlines, the Luxembourg-based carrier. The agreement will allow both carriers to procure cargo on each other’s flights. This business strategy is sure to boost annual revenues with volumes and profits on air cargo flow patterns to and from Dubai.
UAE Airline Cargo Alliances and Partnerships provide a path to future growth from pooling activities such as check-in and ground handling and are sure to contribute to the growth of UAE travel service market and airport for both passenger and cargo services.