AirlinesAirlink and Emirates expand partnership into unilateral codeshare agreement

Airlink and Emirates expand partnership into unilateral codeshare agreement

Airlink the South African independent airline and Emirates agree to expand the existing partnership into a unilateral codeshare agreement across Airlink’s network.

The unilateral codeshare agreement is to be across Airlink’s network of more than 40 domestic & regional destinations across 12 African countries.

The codeshare extension is to provide connectivity to Airlink and Emirates customers not offered by any other carrier in Africa, and augments the long-standing partnership that Emirates has with South African Airways.

The new codeshare connectivity between Emirates and Airlink is to offer competitive fares, combined ticketing, and seamless baggage transfers when connecting between both airlines.

Airlink CEO and Managing Director, Rodger Foster said, “This exciting development is an overwhelming endorsement to Airlink. We are delighted, honored, and privileged that Emirates Airline has chosen Airlink as its Southern Africa partner. Emirates serves all of our source markets and together we are able to provide vital air access throughout Airlink’s comprehensive network of destinations within Southern Africa, and provide much needed connectivity, linking Africa with the world and the world with Africa.”

He further said that, the tourism and air transportation sectors have been hardest hit by the pandemic and the associated lockdowns and travel bans, and as the world gets vaccinated, we expect the pent-up travel demand will be realized, and more customers will want to visit the special destinations that Airlink offers services to.

Emirates Airline Chief Commercial Officer, Adnan Kazim said, “The expansion of the Emirates – Airlink partnership marks an important step forward in our relationship. Our new codeshare agreement enhances our service offering and flexibility for customers traveling beyond our gateways in South and Southern Africa and provides them unparalleled options for leisure destinations.”

Emirates is committed to growing their operations in South Africa according to Kazim, and with the strong connection opportunities being provided collectively with Airlink we hope to help jumpstart the recovery of the local travel and tourism industry”.

He further added that, “Our codeshare partnership with Airlink complements the valuable relationship Emirates has with South African Airways, which we eagerly anticipate to restart once the airline is back in operation”.

Airlink is an independent, privately owned & BBBEE airline that offers travelers a wide choice of flights across its network of Southern Africa. It serves with a fleet of more than 500 modern jetliners.

Joan Kifuko
Joan Kifuko is a communications enthusiast that is currently working as a writer at The Aviator magazine where you find your aviation news in one place. She is a journalist that has previously worked as a sales associate, guest relations officer, brand ambassador hence, the love for new adventures and roles. Joan graduated with a Bachelors degree of science in journalism.

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