• Joe Breitfeller

Emirates Inks Interline Agreement With FlySafair to Strengthen Travel Options to South Africa

The new interline agreement will open connections for customers to select routes on FlySafair’s South African network. Emirates’ guests will now enjoy seamless onward transfers through the carrier’s Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban gateways.


FlySafair Boeing 737-800 - Courtesy FlySafair

On Saturday (November 15, 2020), Emirates announced a new interline agreement with FlySafair which will expand travel opportunities across South Africa via Emirates gateways in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Customers will enjoy seamless connections with single-ticket travel and through tagging of baggage to onward destinations in FlySafair’s network including Port Elizabeth, East London and George. Guests can also return to Dubai without backtracking to Emirates’ South African gateways with direct flights on FlySafair’s network. In Saturday’s announcement, Emirates’ Senior Vice President – Commercial Operations for Africa, Badr Abbas, said,


“We are pleased to begin our interline partnership with FlySafair. Their network complements our South African presence, providing an array of connections for our customers, which makes this a natural partnership. Together, we will open up new travel opportunities, and more choice for customers wishing to travel domestically. We look forward to working together and strengthening our relationship into the future.”


Also commenting on Saturday’s interline announcement, FlySafair’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kirby Gordon, added,


“Today, we are excited to announce the launch of our interline agreement with Emirates Airline. The superb service and vast route network that Emirates offers is world-renowned, and we are proud to have partnered with them in providing customers greater connectivity when travelling. We are in a very fortunate position whereby we were able to restart operations in June of this year. As of November, we will be operating at our full capacity again, which will see us operating just over 75% of the available domestic seat capacity in South Africa. International traffic is still very limited given the various restrictions in place, but we are happy to report that there has been a slow and steady uptick in the volumes of flights we are selling through our connection agreements like that with Emirates.”


Emirates resumed flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban in October and currently operates 17 weekly flights to South Africa. The carrier has implemented enhanced safety measures across all touchpoints, both on the ground and onboard. Emirates currently offers connections via Dubai to nearly 100 global destinations.


Source(s): Emirates, FlySafair

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