Two UAE airlines, one ticket (and an) endless adventure. How to book Emirates-Etihad flights under new agreement?
09 May 2023, 12:00 AM
31 May 2023, 12:00 AM
A landmark agreement signed between the UAE’s two main airlines — Emirates and Etihad — will give travellers more time to explore the country. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the two carriers expands their interline agreement to allow travellers to add more stops within the UAE in their itineraries.
An Emirates spokesperson said: “The MoU signed at ATM (Arabian Travel Market) allows Emirates and Etihad to build on an existing interline agreement to create new itineraries that will benefit inbound UAE traffic, tourism and economics.”
Etihad described the agreement as “two airlines, one ticket (and an) endless adventure” in a Twitter post. “Fly into Abu Dhabi or Dubai with a seamless return from the other airport with a single ticket.”
Customers of each airline can purchase a single ticket to fly into either Dubai or Abu Dhabi and then fly out from the other. This will allow travellers can explore the UAE more easily, without having to take a return flight from the same airport they arrived in. It helps them save time that would otherwise be needed to get back to their port of arrival to fly out of the UAE.
It essentially offers travellers the flexibility of one-stop ticketing for their full journey and “convenient baggage check-in”, according to Emirates.
Tourists can travel from one city on either carrier’s networks, and return to another point served by either Emirates or Etihad. In the initial stages of the expanded interline, each carrier will focus on attracting visitors to the UAE by developing inbound interline traffic from “select points in Europe and China”.
The interline is set to start this summer. No date has been specified. “Existing bookings on each airline continue to be subject to current terms and conditions,” the Emirates spokesperson said.
Travellers can book their journeys from Emirates or Etihad websites; online travel agencies; and via tour operators. “With the MoU in place, both airlines will be working over the coming months to enable customers to book their itineraries to explore the UAE via both airline’s websites and travel agents,” the Emirates spokesperson explained.