Maldivian, the Maldives’ flag carrier, has entered an interline arrangement with Emirates, the UAE flag carrier, to provide at least 16 more travel options for Emirates customers.
This agreement will allow Emirates passengers to use both airlines’ services and networks on a single ticket while also aiming to improve the customer experience throughout their journey.
Customers flying to archipelago resorts in the Indian Ocean will now have the option of flying into more popular vacation areas after connecting through Velana International Airport in the North Male region.
Emirates travellers will then be able to connect with Maldivian flights to reach a variety of domestic sites for their island vacation.
Emirates’ chief commercial officer Adnan Kazim emphasised how this will offer customers a wider choice of travel options.
Kazim said: “We are delighted to establish a partnership with Maldivian to expand our reach into more points in the Maldives. By partnering with the Maldivian flag carrier, we are able to offer customers smooth connections when flying to a wide choice of islands within the country via Malé.
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“By extending this added-value benefit, our customers from across the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas can plan their journey to the Maldives with the convenience of booking flights on a single ticket to reach their final destination.”
This agreement extends the relationship between both airlines, which currently spans over 30 years.
Emirates began operations in Male in 1987 and currently offers 28 weekly flights between Dubai and the Maldives.
Ibrahim Hamdhan Mohamed, general manager of commercial at Maldivian, added how he believes this partnership will strengthen the company’s position in the Maldives region: “We are excited to embark on this journey with Emirates, a global aviation leader.
“This partnership would enable us to increase the visibility of our extensive domestic network and it aligns perfectly with our objective of providing seamless connectivity to travellers.
“Customers will be able to plan and book their entire journey directly through the airline with ease. As the national carrier, we always strive to make Maldives more accessible to travellers from around the world and we believe the partnership with Emirates will strengthen our position as the leading airline in Maldives.”
According to an official statement, for flights commencing immediately, Maldivian travel itineraries can be booked on the Emirates website, the Emirates mobile app, or selected travel agencies.
This deal is one of many recent interline agreements made by Emirates, including one with Sri Lankan Airlines, which concluded a reciprocal interline agreement to improve passenger connection.