Dubai: It’s only been less than a year since Emirates and flydubai started their codeshare deal and so far, the two airlines have flewn nearly half a million passengers.
The two carriers revealed on Monday that between November 2017 and March 2018, more than 400,000 passengers have been served by the codeshare flights and more than 250,000 have already booked their trips for the year ahead.
The numbers look very positive and the two Dubai-based airlines are looking forward to further expanding their market reach. The codeshare arrangement, which has consequently opened up more routes to flyers, kicked off at the end of October 2017, months after it was announced in July 2017.
“We’re really pleased with how well the Emirates and flydubai partnership is going – based on bookings and the feedback from our customers and trade partners,” said Shaikh Ahmad bin Saaed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Group and chairman of flydubai.
From the initial shared flights to 29 cities, the tie-up has quickly expanded to 90 destinations.
New codeshare flights recently launched include Krakow, Dubrovnik and Kinshasa with more destinations expected in the coming months such as Catania from June 13, Thessaloniki from June 15 and Helsinki from October 11.
Emirates currently flies to 141 passenger destinations. Last year, the airline launched new routes to Newark via Athens, Zagreb and Phnom Penh, and later this year, Emirates will begin services to London Stansted and Santiago de Chile.
flydubai currently flies to a total of 97 destinations, 80 of which are not served by Emirates, bringing the total combined network offering to 206 unique destinations.