Indian budget airline SpiceJet has entered into its first-ever codeshare agreement as it eyes international expansion.
Emirates and SpiceJet’s agreement is designed to give travellers to and from India access to a wider and a stronger route network.
From early 2020, customers travelling to India will have more flight options on routes common to both airlines – Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Cochin and Delhi.
Emirates' customers can book and connect in Dubai on direct services to Amritsar, Calicut, Mangalore, Madurai, Jaipur and Pune – routes served by SpiceJet.
The codeshare agreement means travellers from across the globe can book a single ticket to any of Emirates' nine points across India and connect onwards to 172 domestic routes that are part of SpiceJet's network.
SpiceJet's domestic network includes popular destinations like Goa, Dehradun, Dharamshala, Jaisalmer, Jammu, Srinagar, Leh, Guwahati, Pondicherry, Port Blair, Shirdi, Tirupati, Udaipur and Varanasi.
Ajay Singh, SpiceJet’s chairman, said: “We are very pleased to partner with Emirates for this new codeshare agreement, which will offer a seamless travel experience and the widest possible travel options to our passengers travelling to and from Europe, America, Africa and the Middle East.
“This codeshare will further strengthen our position in the region and complement our international expansion strategy.”
Adnan Kazim, Emirates' CCO, said: “Emirates has historically shared a close and collaborative bond with India. In the last decade, we have flown more than 50 million customers on our Indian routes, which we now serve with 170 weekly services from Dubai.
“Our partnership will help us leverage SpiceJet's extensive route network, so that our customers who are visiting friends and family can fly closer to their hometowns, while tourists can more easily access many of the incredible sights and sounds India has to offer.
“This will also have a significant and positive impact on businesses in both countries and globally. We look to strengthening our partnership with SpiceJet even more in the coming months.”
The codeshare agreement follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by both airlines in April 2019.