Airlines TAP Air Portugal and Emirates to expand strategic partnership

TAP Air Portugal and Emirates have signed an agreement to expand their existing partnership.

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Portugal´s TAP Air Portugal has announced, that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UAE-airline Emirates to extend the existing codeshare partnership. With this strategic partnership, both airlines are benefiting from the respective networks.

The new agreement between the airlines will add seamless connectivity on routes between the Americas, North Africa and East Asia. Furthermore, the carriers plan to establish a partnership regarding their respective frequent flyer programs.

For eight years, TAP and Emirates have been working together over the course of a codeshare agreement. Now, the airlines will give their passengers a better and more seamless travel experience by adding codeshare flights. This means, that passengers will be able to book flights that are touching both networks via only one website. Furthermore, the baggage will be checked through and lounge access will be accessible.

The codeshare will be placed on TAP flights to destinations in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Morocco, Tunisia, Gambia, and Cape Verde. Emirates will put their airline code on flights to Taipei, Tokyo, Osaka, Mumbai, Delhi, Dhaka, Male, Jakarta, Denpasar, Manila, Hanoi, as well as Barcelona and Mexico City.

Additionally, the airlines plan to support each other´s stopover programmes in Dubai and Lisbon. The approval of this partnership is subject to regulatory processes but is expected to come into effect from first May of this year.

Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Chief Commercial Officer said: “Emirates and TAP Air Portugal have enjoyed a mutually successful codeshare partnership for the past eight years. We are delighted to expand this relationship and look forward to delivering even more benefits to our customers.”

Arik De, TAP Air Portugal’s Chief Revenue & Network Officer said: “TAP Air Portugal is pleased to enhance our Emirates partnership, allowing our guests greater geographic access. We look forward to taking Emirates customers to more cities within Portugal, to our destinations in the Americas and North Africa, and for them to benefit from our Stopover Portugal program.”

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