In 2022, United Airlines and Emirates announced a wide-ranging codeshare agreement in September 2022, which was brought to life this year. This plan has now hit a significant bump.
United denied permission to codeshare on Emirates flights from India.
In January 2023, Emirates and United filed a joint application to cover 300 routes where they could put their code on each other’s flights. As a part of the codeshare application, United Airlines requested clearance to place its UA code on “Emirates flights operating from Dubai to points in the UAE and points beyond the UAE across Africa, Middle East, India, and other points in South East Asia, and to facilitate international air travel between these points and the U.S. and points beyond the US.”
Now, United and Emirates have been refused permission to place the code of United on flights between India and Dubai. As per The Economic Times, the existing agreements between India and the UAE do not allow for codeshares.
This could be a spoke in the wheel, as Emirates and United seek heightened access to India. At the moment, Emirates has the bilateral from Dubai’s end fully taken. United, cannot operate many flights to India (despite an open skies agreement), thanks to the Russian airspace restrictions. Of course, some people who did not see a desired outcome here think this is the Indian market being protectionist. Still, if the arrangement between India and Dubai does not account for it, then it is a legit ground to deny the request.
United and Emirates applied for United to put its code on Emirates’ flights between Dubai and Indian destinations. However, this request has been denied, given the construct of the Indian and Dubai ASA agreement. This means United will not be able to market the Emirates flights with the UA code.
What do you make of UA’s request and India’s response?
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