Emirates and airBaltic form partnership, sign codeshare agreement

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Emirates has signed a codeshare agreement with airBaltic, the flag carrier of Latvia.  

The codeshare will strengthen connectivity across four European countries as well as create new travel opportunities for Emirates’ customers in the Baltic Sea region. 

Following the agreement, which was signed on November 25, 2021, airBaltic will mark some of its flights with the Emirates code ‘EK’. The code will be added to passenger flights connecting Dubai (DXB) and Riga (RIX), Riga (RIX) and Tallin (TLL), Riga (RIX) and Vilnius (VNO), as well as Riga (RIX) and Helsinki (HEL). Meanwhile, Emirates will place the airBaltic code ‘BT’ on two Emirates routes, connecting Dubai (DXB) and Bangkok (BKK), along with Dubai (DXB) to Jakarta (CGK). 

According to Emirates’ chief commercial officer (CCO), Adnan Kazim, customers from the airline’s key markets in the Middle East, West Asia, Far East, and Australia, will benefit from the codeshare by having greater access to air connectivity to four Baltic Sea states, including Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, and Finland.  

The statement also noted that the partnership between Emirates and airBaltic will provide passengers with added travel benefits, including seamless booking with a single-ticket and competitive fares.  

“We’re very pleased to announce a new partnership with airBaltic, the leading airline in the Baltics, which enables us to offer Emirates’ customers even more travel choices and connectivity in the Baltic region. It will also open up Emirates’ exciting network of global destinations to more travelers from the Baltics. We look forward to the start of a successful partnership,” Kazim said in the Emirates statement. 

Martin Gauss, the chief executive officer of airBaltic, said he expects that the new agreement will enable airline passengers to reach new destinations across Asia, Australia, and beyond.  

Gauss said: “Emirates is a truly global connectivity provider, and we are excited to start a new partnership alongside direct flights between Riga and Dubai which we commenced in September.” 

To date, Emirates has signed codeshare agreements with 22 airlines and two rail companies. It has also forged an interline agreement with more than 115 carriers.  

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