Dubai-based carrier Emirates has entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Garuda Indonesia for a codeshare pact aimed at offering better connectivity.

Under this alliance, customers of both airlines will be able to opt for connectivity on new courses across the Americas, Africa, Middle East, and Europe.

The airlines will collaborate on their respective frequent flyer programmes, allowing their customers to receive and redeem loyalty points for reward tickets, upgrades, and other exclusive benefits.

Awaiting regulatory approval, the codeshare agreement is projected to be applicable from January 2022.

Customers will also receive travel benefits across 18 routes, along with ‘seamless’ booking, ticketing, a single baggage policy and check-through to the final destination.

As agreed, Emirates customers will be able to travel to and from Denpasar (DPS), Balikpapan (BPN), Manado (MDC), Surabaya (SUB), Makassar (UPG), Medan (MES), Padang (PDG) and Solo (SOC) airports on flights run by Garuda Indonesia from Jakarta (CGK), to Dubai and other destinations with a single ticket.

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Furthermore, routes directly linking Denpasar (DPS) with Surabaya (SUB) and Makassar (UPG) will be provided for passengers’ convenience.

Garuda Indonesia will put their marketing code to flights on eight courses, run by Emirates, including between Dubai and Jakarta (CGK), Denpasar (DPS), Bahrain (BAH), Moscow (DME), Johannesburg (JNB), and more.

Garuda Indonesia president and CEO Irfan Setiaputra said: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with Emirates that gives their inbound passengers seamless access to top travel destinations in Indonesia connected by Garuda’s domestic network. Outbound Garuda passengers will also benefit from this partnership as it gives them access to a wider range of destinations served by Emirates.

“This partnership is timely as countries are expected to start to reopen their borders for international flights and ease their travel restrictions. It will also help open up many opportunities for Indonesia’s trade and tourism activities.”

Emirates currently has codeshare cooperation agreements with 21 airline partners and two rail firms worldwide.

It also has interline cooperation agreements in place with more than 115 airlines and rail firms.

In April this year, Emirates extended its ground handling partnership contract with aviation logistics specialist Menzies Aviation in northern Europe.