In a move to support the ramp-up of operations after boosting its passenger services to South Africa, Emirates has signed an interline agreement with Cemair that opens up connections to six more destinations in South Africa through the airline's gateways Johannesburg and Cape Town. The partnership also includes a couple of leisure points exclusively served by Cemair.
This marks the first partnership between both airlines and Emirates' fourth airline partnership in South Africa. Emirates and Cemair include the convenience of single ticket itineraries with onward booking and baggage transfers from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Margate, Durban Hoedspruit, Plettenberg Bay, George and Sishen.
Adnan Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates Airline, said: "We are proud to partner with Cemair and commence our interline agreement. The new Cemair links provide our customers with even more possibilities to travel smoothly across many of South Africa's most popular leisure points, in addition to the added benefit of connectivity to Cemair's exclusively served points Margate and Plettenberg Bay.
Connecting our networks solidifies our commitment to offering our customers even more travel opportunities, especially for those wanting to experience South Africa's existing favourites, as well as travellers plotting new itineraries. We look forward to working together and strengthening our relationship."
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Miles van der Molen, Chief Executive Officer of CemAir said: "We are delighted to partner with Emirates Airline, a name synonymous with quality and elegance. Our interline agreement provides our customers with convenience and savings as they can now seamlessly connect from our flights to the vast global network of this iconic airline."
As we continue our expansion during the post-Covid recovery period, we realise that now more than ever, partnerships are key to our success. Working with market leaders like Emirates Airline is a further demonstration of our commitment to our customers to provide the best service and value."
Emirates boosted its operations to/from South Africa earlier this month and presently operates 14 flights a week into South Africa via its gateways Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. The airline safely rebuilds its global network, connecting customers to and through Dubai to over 120 destinations.
The airline has been expanding its footprint across South and Southern Africa through enriching its interline and codeshare partnerships with South African Airways, Airlink, Cemair and FlySafair, driving more connectivity options that provide greater benefits for its customers whilst supporting the recovery of the travel and tourism industry.