Emirates partners with South Africa’s FlySafair to strengthen travel options

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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UAE’s largest airline and flag carrier, Emirates and FlySafair, South African Low-Cost Airline have declared an interline agreement to open up connections for customers to selected routes on FlySafair’s network in South Africa.

Through the agreement, Emirates and FlySafair intend to offer the ease of single-ticket travel and tagging of baggage for flyers transferring from Emirates’ three gateways, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban to FlySafair domestic points in South Africa, such as Port Elizabeth, East London and George.

Passengers can also take benefit of connecting to FlySafair’s points, without backtracking to their initial destination when catching their flight back to Dubai. Passengers can book their travel with EK offices and travel agencies.

Badr Abbas, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations for Africa 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 in the future.”

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Kirby Gordon
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“Today, we are excited to announce the launch of our interline agreement with Emirates Airline. The superb service and a vast route network that Emirates offers is world-renowned, and we are proud to have partnered with them in providing customers with greater connectivity when travelling. We are in a very fortunate position whereby we were able to restart operations in June this year. As of November, we will be operating at our full capacity again, which will see us operating just over 75 percent 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,” added Mr. Gordon.

Emirates resumed its operations on 1 October in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and on 8 October in Durban, and currently operates 17 weekly flights to South Africa.

Emirates has incorporated enhanced security measures to all its onboard and on-ground touchpoints. The airline intends to create more connectivity opportunities in South Africa through partnerships of Flysfair that provide greater convenience and versatility for the customers.