Dubai's Emirates signs MoU with Maldivian to explore partnership opportunities
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Dubai’s Emirates signs MoU with Maldivian to explore partnership opportunities

Dubai’s Emirates signs MoU with Maldivian to explore partnership opportunities

The two carriers will review codeshare and interline options to provide customers with greater connectivity

Dubai-based carrier Emirates has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maldivian, the national airline of Maldives, to explore opportunities.

The two carriers are reviewing a codeshare agreement that will enable Emirates’ customers to book and connect from Male’ to over 15 domestic destinations and international ones served by Maldivian.

Emirates and Maldivian will also explore opportunities to cooperate on their respective tour operating arms, to offer customised packages including hotel stays at resorts as well as exclusive tours, a statement said.

Emirates launched operations to the Maldives in 1987, and the airline currently serves the island-nation with 28 weekly flights. The airline has codeshare agreements with 23 airline partners and two rail companies. The airline also has an interline agreement with over 115 airlines and rail companies.

Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ chief commercial officer, said: “Maldives is one of the most popular leisure destinations in Emirates’ network and we are very pleased to be exploring a partnership with the nation’s local carrier. A codeshare and interline agreement will immensely benefit both carriers. For Emirates customers, its enhanced connectivity to and from the Maldivian archipelago. For Maldivian travellers, it’ll ease access to our extensive network of more than 120 destinations, via Dubai.”

“The growth prospects that could follow such a partnership is key when we look to expand our operations and develop partnerships that will allow us to position ourselves in the post Covid aviation industry,” added Mohamed Mihad, Maldivian’s managing director. “The interline and codeshare arrangement being explored would enable both Maldivian as well as Emirates to enhance the connectivity and expand on the service offerings.”

Earlier this month, Emirates signed a MoU with Turespaña, Spanish Tourism Institute, to help boost trade and tourism to the European destination.

Read: Dubai’s Emirates signs agreement with Turespaña to underpin tourism to Spain

Last month, it also inked an agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Public Service of The Bahamas to explore joint initiatives to promote tourism to the island nation.

Read more: Dubai’s Emirates signs MoU to promote tourism to The Bahamas

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