Emirates and Maldivian Airlines Strengthen Ties with Interline Partnership
The premier airline of the United Arab Emirates, Emirates (EK), has recently announced an interline partnership with Maldivian (Q2), the national airline of the Maldives. This strategic partnership will allow Emirates passengers to access an additional 16 destinations in the Maldives beyond the capital, Malé. The move is a tangible progression from a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two airlines in the previous year, which expressed a mutual interest in exploring potential cooperation.
Under the terms of the partnership, Emirates customers can use both airlines on a single ticket, significantly simplifying the travel experience. Starting from September 15, passengers can conveniently book their itineraries on the Emirates website, mobile app, or through their preferred travel agent, for immediate travel. The alliance will also facilitate easier connections from Velana International Airport in North Malé atoll to Maldivian’s services.
Increased Connectivity and Seamless Travel Experience
Responding to the partnership, Emirates’ Chief Commercial Officer, Adnan Kazim, expressed his pleasure at the collaboration, citing its potential to reach more destinations in the Maldives, and offer customers seamless connections via Malé. Similarly, Ibrahim Hamdhan Mohamed, General Manager – Commercial at Maldivian, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, which he believes aligns perfectly with the airline’s goal of offering seamless connectivity to travelers.
Through this partnership, Emirates customers will now have access to various popular atolls via Malé. This means that travelers spending their vacations at other resort islands can greatly benefit from the ease of traveling to the nearest point within the interline network, making their final destination easily accessible via a short seaplane or boat ride.
Emirates: A Pillar of Tourism and Trade in the Maldives
For over 35 years, Emirates has played a significant role in supporting the growth of tourism and trade in the Maldives. The airline began operations in Malé in 1987 and currently operates 28 weekly flights between Dubai and the Maldives. With four daily flights to Malé, passengers from Emirates’ extensive network of nearly 140 destinations can select flights and enjoy the convenience of minimal layover times.
Emirates’ global presence is strengthened by a network of 29 codeshare partners, 11 Intermodal partners, and 117 interline partners. This global footprint allows Emirates to provide enhanced connectivity and various travel options for passengers, further cementing its reputation as a leading global airline.
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