Emirates and TAP Portugal have announced the start of a reciprocal codeshare agreement enabling passengers from both airlines to benefit from seamless connections effective from today.
The reciprocal codeshare will permit customers to enjoy the convenience of a single combined ticket for Emirates and TAP Portugal-operated flights, in addition to linking Emirates’ frequent flyer programme, Skywards, and TAP’s Victoria frequent flyer programme.
Under the agreement, Emirates’ flight number will be placed on TAP services from Lisbon to Porto, Faro and Funchal in Portugal as well as Seville, Madrid and Barcelona in Spain.
TAP will place its code and flight number on several Emirates’ services between Lisbon and Dubai, to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
“Europe is a strategic market for Emirates with a strong level of growth and customer engagement in 2012.
“This new codeshare agreement with TAP is another key element in our expansion plan across the region,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ executive vice president, passenger sales worldwide.
“Both airlines are well positioned to benefit from the increasing demand for business and leisure travel between Portugal and the UAE, as well as points beyond our Dubai hub in the Middle and Far East.
“TAP is the leading airline in Portugal and we look forward to growing this relationship as we continue on our strong growth trajectory.”
Emirates currently operates a daily non-stop flight to Lisbon Airport with its 274 seat Boeing 777-200ER.
EK 191 flight departs from Dubai at 09:15 and arrives in Lisbon at 14:45 allowing for seamless connections to a number of TAP services.
The return flight, EK 192 departs Lisbon at 17:55 and arrives in Dubai at 04:35, the next day.
TAP Portugal is considered the World’s Leading Airline to South America by the World Travel Awards.