Emirates, TAP Air Portugal ink deal to expand strategic partnership

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Trainee Reporter
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UAE’s largest airline, Emirates airline and Portuguese national flag carrier, TAP Air Portugal have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand their existing codeshare partnership.

The new agreement will allow the customers of two airlines to benefit from the connectivity on many new routes across the Americas, North Africa, and East Asia. Emirates and TAP Air Portugal will also look at ways to improve their frequent flyer programs, such as mutual earning and redemption opportunities, as well as common perks like lounge access.

Subject to regulatory approvals, the expanded agreement is expected to come into effect from May 1, 2021, and will provide passengers with booking, ticketing, and travel benefits across 70 destinations on both airlines’ networks.

Both airlines also plan to improve each other’s stopover programs in Dubai and Lisbon, with Emirates assisting TAP Air Portugal as it considers growth opportunities in the UAE.

Adnan Kazim chief commercial officer at Emirates said, “Emirates and TAP Air Portugal have enjoyed a mutually successful codeshare partnership for the past eight years. We are delighted to expand this relationship and look forward to delivering even more benefits to our customers.”

Arik De
Arik De
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TAP Air Portugal

“TAP Air Portugal is pleased to enhance our Emirates partnership, allowing our guests greater geographic access. We look forward to taking Emirates customers to more cities within Portugal, to our destinations in the Americas and North Africa, and for them to benefit from our stopover Portugal program.”

Under the deal, TAP Air Portugal will place its code on Emirates’ flights to East Asia destinations such as Taipei, Tokyo, Osaka, Mumbai, Delhi, Dhaka, Male, Jakarta, Denpasar, Manila, Hanoi, as well as Barcelona and Mexico City. And, Emirates passengers will be able to access extra domestic destinations in Portugal, as well as TAP Air Portugal’s flights to cities in the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Morocco, Tunisia, Gambia, and Cape Verde.

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