Airlines Emirates signs interline agreement with Airlink
Emirates and Airlink have signed an interline agreement to widen connectivity and networks.
The interline agreement, Emirates and Airlink have signed, is a further step forward in integrating the South African airline market to the global network. With the agreement, Emirates provide its customers with better connectivity via its gateways Johannesburg and Cape Town.
From these cities, customers can use Airlink´s network of more than 25 domestic destinations in South Africa and more than 20 regional destinations in the country. While Emirates is able to broaden its network, it is also a good opportunity for Airlink to benefit from new customers in these difficult times.
Both airlines will offer single-ticket travel, one-stop baggage check-in for customers transferring through Johannesburg and Cape Town to destinations including Bloemfontein, George, Upington, Nelspruit, Hoedspruit and Port Elizabeth.
Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline commented: “Emirates is pleased to partner with Airlink on a new interline agreement that will help us strengthen our presence and give customers more choice, flexibility and enhanced connections across 45 cities in Southern Africa. We are committed to our operations in South Africa, as we continue to look at ways to build our extended network for customers, and help them benefit with diverse travel options.”
Airlink CEO, Mr. Rodger Foster added: “We are proud and excited about our new interline commercial agreement with Emirates. We have a deep respect for the airline, its values and its global reach. We are confident that the relationship will deliver enhanced travel options to customers given the designed interconnectivity that will be enabled at OR Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport.”
“The interline agreement that has gone into effect with Airlink is only the start of further collaboration, and we are looking forward to exploring more opportunities to widen the scope of our partnership in the future,” Clark concluded.
At the beginning of October, Emirates resumed flights to Johannesburg and to Durban a week later. The carrier is offering a network of nearly 100 destinations and is operating flights with long-haul aircraft only.
Airlink is a regional airline in South Africa and is operating flights to 55 routes to 39 destinations in nine African countries. Last year, the carrier transported 2 million customers on over 63000 flights.
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