Emirates and Maldivian have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore codeshare, interline, and joint holiday package opportunities.
The two carriers are reviewing a codeshare agreement that will enable Emirates’ customers to conveniently book and connect from Male to more than 15 domestic destinations and all international destinations served by Maldivian, the flag carrier for the Maldives.
They will also explore opportunities to cooperate on their respective tour operating arms, to offer customers tailor-made packages including hotel stays and exclusive tours.
Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ chief commercial officer, said: “Maldives is one of the most popular leisure destinations in Emirates’ network and we are very pleased to be exploring a partnership with the nation’s local carrier. A codeshare and interline agreement will immensely benefit both carriers. For Emirates customers, it is enhanced connectivity to and from the Maldivian archipelago; for Maldivian travellers, it’ll ease access to our extensive network of more than 120 destinations, via Dubai.”
Ibrahim Ameer, minister of finance of the Republic of Maldives, acknowledged the Emirates’ significant impact on the Maldives’ tourism industry – the airline is a top producer of international passenger traffic for the destination.
“The possible partnership between the two airlines will benefit the Maldivian economy and strengthen economic ties between the Maldives and the United Arab Emirates,” Ibrahim added.