Emirates has signed a reciprocal codeshare agreement with SpiceJet that will see the Middle Eastern airline expand its reach in India.

Subject to government approval, the partnership will allow Emirates’ passengers to connect to SpiceJet’s domestic flights within India, including Amritsar, Jaipur, Pune, Mangalore, Madurai and Calicut, among others, in addition to Emirates’ own flights to nine cities in the country.

Emirates says the codeshare agreement will add a total of 67 weekly connections between its hub in Dubai and India.

It will also open up services to Emirates’ global network for Indian passengers. The carrier offers flights to London, Paris, Frankfurt, Manchester and Amsterdam, as well as destinations across North and South America.

Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president, strategic planning, revenue optimisation and aeropolitical affairs (pictured, right), commented: “Our journey in India has been defined by progressive investment, partnership and growth. We constantly try to improve and provide our customers with greater flexibility and travel choices. This partnership with SpiceJet and the mutual expansion of our network will go a long way in further enhancing the travel experience of our customers in India as well as those heading into India, benefitting travellers and business alike.”

Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director of SpiceJet (pictured, left), added: “This new partnership should immensely benefit passengers travelling on both airlines. While SpiceJet passengers from across India will be able to enjoy seamless connectivity leveraging Emirates’ vast network across Europe, Africa, America and the Middle East, those travelling to India on Emirates will be able to travel to 51 destinations across our domestic network.”

emirates.com; spicejet.com

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