Emirates signed a new codeshare agreement with Aegean Airlines, allowing its passengers increased connectivity to eight Greek cities using a single ticket.
These destinations include Kerkyra, Chania, Heraklion, Mykonos, Thira, Rhodes, Thessaloniki and Alexandropoulis, the airline mentioned in a statement.
Aegean will place its code on Emirates-operated flights between Dubai and Athens in order for passengers to be able to book connections to Dubai and onward.
Beginning October, the two airlines will increase their merged codeshare network to include eight or more European regional routes through Athens, including Naples, Bucharest, and Belgrade.
Additionally, the dual codeshare network will also expand on Emirates’ flights to New York Newark from Athens and New York JFK to Milan.
The decision came about due to a solid recovery in air travel demand. According to the International Air Transport Association’s estimates, global passenger traffic in June, measured in revenue passenger kilometres, was up 76.2 per cent compared with June 2021, propelled by a strong recovery in international travel. On a global scale, traffic is now at 70.8 per cent of pre-pandemic crisis levels, they added.
Currently, Emirates runs 12 weekly flights to Athens operated by Boeing 777 wide-body aircraft. The airline said that the additional codeshare routes will be subject to getting the required regulatory approvals.
Emirates already has more than 26 airline codeshare agreements, two rail partners, and 110 interline partners worldwide.
The airline has a global connectivity of more than 130 destinations cross six continents through its center in Dubai. It operates the world’s largest fleet of the wide-body Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft.
Aegean’s network runs across 138 destinations, 29 of them being domestic and 109 international, to 44 countries. It operates the world’s largest fleet of the wide-body Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft.