Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Turespaña, Spanish National Tourism Authority, to help boost trade and tourism to Spain.
The MoU was signed by Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President, International Affairs at Emirates, and Mr. Miguel Angel Sanz Castedo, Director General of Turespana, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, who welcomed Her Excellency Mara Reyes Maroto Illera, Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, at the Emirates Group Headquarters.
Under the agreement, Emirates and Turespaña will explore joint activities to drive tourism to Spain, including trade familiarization trips, workshops and marketing campaigns.
Emirates started flying from Dubai to Madrid in 2010, Barcelona in 2012, and Dubai to Mexico City, via Barcelona in 2019. The airline currently offers customers 10 weekly flights to Barcelona, including 5 weekly flights from Dubai to Mexico City via Barcelona, and 9 weekly flights to Madrid utilizing the iconic Emirates A380 aircraft.
Customers can also access popular regional destinations across the country via the airline’s interline agreement with Vueling, Iberia Airlines and Air Europa. Emirates passengers traveling to Madrid and Barcelona can also connect onwards to more than 13 cities through the airline’s partnership with the national train operator, Renfe.
“Emirates launched operations to Spain more than 12 years ago and the country remains an important market in our global network. We’re very happy to be exploring mutually beneficial initiatives that will drive tourism to Spain, and also offer Emirates more opportunities to serve the market. Thank you to our partners for their ongoing support and we look forward to continuing growing our long-standing partnership.”
Mr. Angel Sanz, Director General Tourspain Madrid said that “Spain and Emirates are strategic partners of the recovery of travel. Spain, as one of the most visited countries in the world, and Emirates, one of the world’s leading airlines, will work together to improve the connectivity and generate confidence, which are key factors for recovery.”