Flydubai to operate Emirates shorthaul flights from May 2018

Codeshares are likely to expand

Flydubai will begin operating the first of Emirates' shorthaul routes in May 2018.

The codeshare listings posted by OAG's Schedules Analyser show Emirates has filed for Flydubai to take over least four routes previously operated by the airline.

The routes from Dubai include Karsnodar, Muscat, Prague and Sofia and were filed on September 24, 2017.

According to the Analyser, the codeshare launch dates are "likely to move forward, and expand to additional routes."

Emirates announced in July that it would "join forces" with Flydubai in a wide ranging codeshare agreement that aims to capitalise on the synergies of both airlines operating jointly out of their hub in Dubai.

"The partnership goes beyond code-sharing and includes integrated network collaboration with coordinated scheduling," Emirates said in a statement at the time, adding that Flydubai customers would have "seamless connectivity to Emirates’ worldwide destinations spanning six continents."

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