Air Canada and flydubai announced a new codeshare partnership, which would allow for more seamless travel between Canada, the Middle East, East Africa, Indian Subcontinent and Southern Asia.
Pending final regulatory approval, Air Canada's marketing code will be placed on nine routes operated from Dubai by flydubai, giving customers the ability to travel to these markets with a single ticket. The routes include the Middle Eastern cities of Medina, Dammam, Bahrain, Jeddah, and Muscat, as well as flights to Colombo, and Karachi on the Indian Subcontinent.
Additionally, through an interline arrangement, customers will be able to seamlessly connect in Dubai to more than 60 destinations that flydubai flies to in the Middle East, East Africa and Southern Asia – including Kathmandu, Djibouti and the Maldives. Of these destinations, Air Canada notes that more than 30 are unique to flydubai and "not flown by other partners."
"This new partnership is a perfect complement to Air Canada's non-stop service to Dubai from Toronto and Vancouver, and growing our relationship with Emirates, flydubai's codeshare partner. Together we look forward to bringing together our networks and building a better experience for our customers," said Mark Galardo, Executive Vice President, Revenue and Network Planning at Air Canada.
The airlines say they also plan on further improving the connection process in Dubai, and are working toward introducing expanded features and benefits for each another's loyalty program members to be announced "later this year."