Emirates-flydubai code deal will connect 168 destinations by end May

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Fliers booked with Emirates and flydubai get to benefit through the codeshare arrangement between the two. Image Credit: Gulf News/Yousra Zaki

Dubai: Local airlines Emirates and flydubai will have a combined network of 168 destinations by the end of May – speeding up Dubai’s full-fledged return as a travel and tourism hub.

Since the revival of the airlines’ codeshare partnership in September 2020, close to 500,000 passengers have flown on the combined network, the airlines said in a statement. Top destinations booked through the codeshare include Kabul, Kathmandu, Kyiv, the Maldives and Zanzibar.

“We are seeing strong customer take-up and are excited to take the partnership to the next level by expanding services to new destinations,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Group and Chairman of flydubai. “The partnership continues to grow steadily to offer travellers even better connectivity to Dubai, and through Dubai to an extensive global network.”

Emirates customers can travel on codeshare flights to over 56 unique flydubai destinations, while flydubai customers can choose from over 82 Emirates destinations.

More destinations

Starting May 21, Emirates’ customers will have access to 22 flydubai destinations from Terminal 3. Destinations include Basra, Belgrade, Bucharest, Kyiv, Odesa, Prague, Salalah, Sofia, Zanzibar, amongst others. The airlines will continue to layer on a greater range of flight schedules with 16 additional countries opening up for international tourism with quarantine-free entry, including Armenia, Croatia, Georgia, and Tanzania.