Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Air Canada and flyDubai announce strategic alliance to enhance travel options

Air Canada why flydubs today announced a new alliance to provide more convenient travel options for customers flying between Canada, the Middle East, East Africa, the Indian subcontinent and South Asia.

Subject to final regulatory approval, the Air Canada marketing code will be placed on nine routes operated by flyDubai from Dubai, giving customers the ability to travel to these markets with the issuance of a single ticket. Routes include flights to Middle Eastern cities such as Madinah, Dammam, Bahrain, Jeddah and Muscat, as well as to Colombo and Karachi on the Indian subcontinent.

Interconnection to a large number of destinations

Additionally, through an interlining agreement, customers will be able to seamlessly connect in Dubai to over 60 destinations operated by fly Dubai in the Middle East, East Africa and South Asia, including Kathmandu, Djibouti and the Maldives. More than 30 of these destinations are exclusive to Fly Dubai and are not operated by other Air Canada partners.

“Air Canada is extremely pleased to partner with flydubai, expanding our connectivity to the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent, a growing source of immigration and travel to Canada. This new alliance perfectly complements Air Canada’s nonstop service to Dubai from Toronto and Vancouver, and strengthens our relationship with flydubai’s codeshare partner Emirates. Together, we look forward to unifying our network and improving the experience for our customers,” said Mark Gallardo, Executive Vice President, Revenue & Network Planning at Air Canada.

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On his part, Hamad Obaidallah, Commercial Director, flydubai, commented: “We are delighted to add Air Canada to our list of partners and provide our passengers with a seamless travel experience on the flydubai network. We look forward to strengthening this partnership which offers passengers the benefit and convenience of connecting through the Dubai Aviation Hub and we look forward to welcoming them on board soon.”

The airlines also plan to further improve the connection process in Dubai and are working to introduce enhanced facilities and benefits for members of their respective loyalty programmes, which will be announced later this year.

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