Emirates and Maldives’ national carrier, Maldivian, have entered into a memorandum of agreement to explore codeshare, interline, and joint holiday package opportunities.

Under the agreement, the two carriers are reviewing a codeshare agreement that will enable Emirates’ passengers to conveniently connect from Maldives’ capital Male’ to more than 15 domestic destinations and the international destinations served by Maldivian.

Emirates and Maldivian will also explore opportunities to cooperate on their respective tour operating arms, to offer customers tailor-made packages including resort stays and tours.

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Emirates first launched its operations to the Maldives in 1987, and the airline currently serves the island-nation with 28 weekly flights. Emirates was also recently crowned as top carrier in the Maldives, connecting 265,000 passengers to the island-nation from top markets including, UAE, UK, US, Russia, and Germany.

"Maldives is one of the most popular leisure destinations in Emirates’ network and we are very pleased to be exploring a partnership with the nation’s local carrier. A codeshare and interline agreement will immensely benefit both carriers,” Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Chief Commercial Officer, said in a statement.

“For Emirates customers, its enhanced connectivity to and from the Maldivian archipelago. For Maldivian travelers, it’ll ease access to our extensive network of more than 120 destinations, via Dubai.” 

Mohamed Mihad, Maldivian’s managing director, said: "The opportunity to explore a partnership with the largest airline in the world brings about endless opportunities for Maldivian.”

“The growth prospects that could follow such a partnership is key when we look to expand our operations and develop partnerships that will allow us to position ourselves in the post Covid aviation industry.” 

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