Emirates and the flag carrier of Portugal TAP Air Portugal signed a Memorandum of Understanding which should help both air carriers to strengthen their partnership as well as expand their networks.
The recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on March 15, 2021, expanded the existing codeshare settlement between Emirates and TAP Air Portugal. The updated co-sharing agreement includes new routes across both Americas, North Africa, and the region of East Asia.
As per it, TAP Air Portugal would place its code on Emirates flights to East Asia destinations including Taipei, Tokyo, Osaka, Mumbai, Delhi, Dhaka, Male, Jakarta, Denpasar, Manila, Hanoi, as well as Barcelona and Mexico City.
Meanwhile, Emirates, which stepped into a partnership with Portuguese airline in 2013, announced that the new deal would enable the air carrier to provide its customers additional domestic services in Portugal, as well as the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Morocco, Tunisia, Gambia, and Cape Verde.
However, the expanded codeshare agreement still needs to get the required regulatory approvals and is expected to come into effect from May 1, 2021. The MoU should „provide customers with seamless booking, ticketing and travel benefits across 70 destinations on both airlines’ networks,” written in the Emirates statement.
“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,“ quoted Arik De, the Chief Revenue and Network Officer at TAP Air Portugal.
“We are delighted to expand this relationship and look forward to delivering even more benefits to our customers,” Adnan Kazim, the Chief Commercial Officer at Emirates, said.