Canadians are getting more flights to the Middle East, South Asia soon

May 17 2023, 3:02 pm

Canadians are about to get more flight options when it comes to travelling to the Middle East, East Africa, South Asia, and more.

Air Canada has unveiled a partnership with flydubai, placing the Canadian airline’s marketing code on nine routes from Dubai by the Middle Eastern airline.

This will allow Air Canada customers to travel to these markets with the issuance of a single ticket.

Some of the routes Canadians would be able to easily access include the Middle Eastern cities of Medina, Dammam, Bahrain, Jeddah, and Muscat, as well as flights to ColomboĀ andĀ Karachi on the Indian subcontinent.

“AirĀ CanadaĀ is very pleased to partner with flydubai, further expanding our connectivity to theĀ Middle EastĀ and the Indian subcontinent, a growing source of immigration and travel toĀ Canada,” saidĀ Mark Galardo, executive vice president of revenue and network planning at Air Canada.

“This new partnership is a perfect complement to Air Canada’s non-stop service to DubaiĀ fromĀ TorontoĀ andĀ Vancouver, and growing our relationship with Emirates, flydubai’s codeshare partner.”

According to the airline, customers will also be able to seamlessly connect in Dubai to more than 60 destinations that flydubai travels to in the Middle East, East Africa and South Asia.

This includes places like Kathmandu, Djibouti and the Maldives.

Of these destinations, 30 are unique to flydubai and not flown by other Air Canada partners.

Both Air Canada and flydubai are also working towards introducing expanded features and benefits for each other’s loyalty program members. This is expected to be announced later this year.

The partnership is pending final regulatory approval.

Last year, Air Canada launched a similar partnership with Emirates that unlockedĀ loads of new sunny destinations for Canadians.

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