Emi­rates and fly­dubai in­te­grate oper­a­tions

The Star Early Edition - - INTERNATIONAL -

EMI­RATES, the Mid­dle East’s largest air­line, and bud­get car­rier fly­dubai have an­nounced plans to more closely in­te­grate their oper­a­tions.

The two air­lines op­er­ate in­de­pen­dently, but are owned by the same en­tity, the In­vest­ment Cor­po­ra­tion of Dubai.

Emi­rates Group and fly­dubai chair­per­son, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Mak­toum, said yes­ter­day that the deeper part­ner­ship, which will also in­clude a code-share agree­ment, makes in­deed a much bet­ter use of the two Dubai-based air­lines’ ca­pac­i­ties.

Emi­rates flies to more than 150 des­ti­na­tions, while fly­dubai reaches more than 90.

The two al­ready have an in­ter­line agree­ment, which lets them route pas­sen­gers on to the other’s air­lines.

The new agree­ment comes as Emi­rates prof­its fell by more than 80 per­cent to $340 mil­lion (R4.43 bil­lion) in the last fis­cal year due in part to a slump in de­mand and US travel re­stric­tions.

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