Emirates, Flydubai codeshare partnership gets boost

In 2018, Emirates and flydubai carried 3.29 million passengers on codeshare flights across 84 destinations. (Reuters)
Updated 16 January 2019
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Emirates, Flydubai codeshare partnership gets boost

  • The partnership between Emirates and flydubai has expanded to 84 codeshare flights
  • Flydubai’s new destinations include Catania in Italy, Krakow in Poland, Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Helsinki

LONDON: Dubai’s two airlines, Emirates and flydubai, plan to expand their codeshare partnership this year, according to a statement.

Announced in October 2017, the partnership between the national carrier and the budget airline started with codeshare flights to 29 cities. It has since expanded to 84, including new Flydubai destinations such as Catania in Italy, Krakow in Poland, Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Helsinki.

“During 2019 the network of codeshare flights will be further expanded, with the launch of new Flydubai destinations Naples and Budapest, as well as several others that will be announced in due course,” Emirates said in a statement. “Flydubai flights to Chittagong will also restart from Jan. 20, while flights to Kozhikode, Kerala, will start from Feb. 1.”

Between them, the two airlines in 2018 carried 3.29 million passengers on codeshare flights across 84 destinations. The codeshare partnership gave Emirates passengers access to 67 new destinations while Flydubai customers were able to choose from an additional 115.

“The partnership between Emirates and Flydubai has really taken off and we are very pleased with what has been achieved,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Group and chairman of Flydubai.

Joining forces meant there was less overlapping of routes and better scheduling, he added.

Connections and transit times have been made easier for passengers on 11 Flydubai routes as they can now check in at the Emirates desk in Dubai airport’s terminal 3.


China’s car sales decline deepens, road ahead bumpy

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China’s car sales decline deepens, road ahead bumpy

  • ‘Car sales in January continued to decline, and there was no sign of improvement’
  • China has been grappling with slowing economic growth as well as the fallout of trade frictions with the US

SHANGHAI: China’s automobile sales in January tumbled 15.8 percent from a year earlier, the country’s top auto industry association said on Monday, as the world’s largest auto market hits the skids with the slump in sales extending to the seventh month.
China’s Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) said in an emailed statement to Reuters that sales dropped to 2.37 million vehicles last month. This follows a 13 percent drop in December and a 14 percent fall in November.
“Car sales in January continued to decline, and there was no sign of improvement. We estimate that February wholesales will also drop sharply” said Xu Haidong, CAAM assistant secretary general.
“The reason for the sales drop is still the slowing overall economy, and consumption decline in small and medium-sized cities” Xu said.
China has been grappling with slowing economic growth as well as the fallout of trade frictions with the United States, forces which contributed to its auto market contracting for the first time in more than two decades last year.
Beijing is now trying to persuade consumers to loosen their purse strings and has pledged to provide subsidies to boost rural sales of some vehicles and purchases of new energy vehicles.
“Q1 sales were good last year, so this year the industry expects to have negative growth in the first quarter” Yale Zhang, head of consultancy AutoForesight, said, but he predicts sales to gradually pick up in the next three quarters.
Industry executives also say China’s car sales in January and February tend to be affected by the Lunar New Year holiday, as consumers hold off on their car purchasing decisions around the festival.
The holiday’s dates change annually but tend to occur in either month. It took place in the first week of February this year.
China’s sales of new energy vehicles, however, continued to buck the trend, totaling 95,700 in January, a year-on-year increase of 140 percent, CAAM said.