DUBAI- Flag carrier of UAE Emirates (EK) and Maldivian (Q2) have entered into an interline partnership, allowing Emirates passengers to access 16 sought-after vacation destinations in the Maldives beyond the capital, Malé.
This collaboration builds upon last year’s Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two airlines, which aimed to explore potential avenues for mutual cooperation.
Emirates Maldivian Interline Partnership
The interline agreement expands the travel choices available to Emirates customers heading to the Maldivian archipelago. It enables passengers to utilize the services and networks of both airlines on a single ticket, streamlining the overall travel experience.
Travelers bound for the stunning island getaways in the Maldives can now take advantage of the convenience of flying into more popular holiday destinations. They can easily connect from Velana International Airport in the North Malé atoll to Maldivian’s services, gaining access to various domestic points for their island retreat.
Starting from September 15, travelers can book their travel itineraries on emirates.com, the Emirates mobile app, or through their preferred travel agents for flights that are effective immediately.
Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Chief Commercial Officer, expressed his satisfaction with the partnership, saying, “We are thrilled to collaborate with Maldivian to expand our reach to more destinations in the Maldives. Through this partnership with the national carrier of Maldives, we can provide our customers with seamless connections to numerous islands across the country via Malé. This extension of our added-value service enables travelers from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and the Americas to conveniently book flights on a single ticket, reaching their final destination in the Maldives.”
Ibrahim Hamdhan Mohamed, General Manager – Commercial at Maldivian, also shared his enthusiasm, stating, “We are excited to embark on this journey with Emirates, a global aviation leader. This partnership will enhance the visibility of our extensive domestic network and perfectly aligns with our goal of offering travelers seamless connectivity. Customers will be able to plan and book their entire journey directly through the airline effortlessly. As the national carrier, we continuously strive to make the Maldives more accessible to travelers worldwide, and we believe that our partnership with Emirates will reinforce our position as the leading airline in the Maldives.”
Emirates customers will have access to airports in various popular atolls via Malé, including Dharavandhoo Island (DRV), Faresmathoda Airport (FMT), Funadhoo Airport (FND), Fuvahmulak Island Airport (FVM), Gan Island International (GAN), Kooddoo Island (GKK), Hanimaadhoo Island Airport (HAQ), Kulhudhuffushi Airport (HDK), Hoarafushi Airport (HRF), Kaadedhdhoo Island Airport (KDM), Kadhdhoo Island (KDO), Madivaru Airport (LMV), Maafaru International Airport (NMF), Maavarulu Airport (RUL), Thimarafushi Airport (TMF), and Ifuru (IFU).
Additionally, travelers spending their vacations at other resort islands can also benefit from the ease of traveling to the nearest point within the interline network, making their final destination easily accessible via a short seaplane or boat ride.
As the collaboration between both airlines continues to develop, more advantages and conveniences will be introduced to enhance the overall customer experience when traveling to the Maldives.
Emirates has played a significant role in supporting the growth of tourism and trade in the Maldives for over 35 years.
The renowned global airline initiated its operations in Malé in 1987 and currently operates 28 weekly flights between Dubai and the Maldives.
With four daily flights to Malé, passengers from Emirates’ extensive network of nearly 140 destinations have the flexibility to select flights and enjoy the convenience of minimal layover times.
Through its network of 29 codeshare partners, 11 Intermodal partners, and 117 interline partners, Emirates boasts a global presence extending far beyond its route map, providing enhanced connectivity and convenient travel options for passengers.
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