Emirates and flydubai have joined forces to give customers all the benefits of flying with Emirates, but to a bunch of routes it doesn’t currently serve.
In an announcement, Emirates confirmed that the partnership will increase the number of unique destinations it serves to 216, up from 157. For Emirates, the hope is that the partnership will eventually lead to a number of additional benefits, including a joint frequent flyer programme and a smoother journey. The two airlines are also working on improving the passenger experience through DXB for both Emirates and flydubai passengers.
In the short term, the first difference customers will notice is that routes to some destinations will be operated by the airline they didn’t book with. As flydubai runs nearly 60 different flight routes to Emirates, members of Skywards (the Emirates airmiles membership programme) will soon be able to accrue miles on previously unavailable destinations.
Expect to see changes start taking effect in the coming months, but for now, it looks like something that will definitely be of benefit to Dubai residents in the long term.