EMIRATES has signed an innovative codeshare agreement with Italian high-speed rail operator Trenitalia, with the deal adding 27 stations across Italy to the EK global network.
The pact will allow travellers to fly with EK to one of the carrier’s four Italian gateways – Bologna, Milan, Venice or Rome – and then connect via “high speed, modern and comfortable trains” to Bari, Brescia, Brindisi, Carseta, Foggia, Padova, Salerno, Turin and more.
Emirates customers will be able to board the trains without needing to exchange boarding passes for a separate ticket and, like their flight, will be allocated a seat number and rail car.
Trenitalia tickets will be booked in the cabin class that matches the passenger’s flight, and premium passengers will also have access to railway station lounges where available.
“This codeshare agreement opens up new possibilities for our customers,” said EK divisional senior vice president, commercial operations West, Hubert Frach.
“We’re connecting Italian regions to our global network, significantly boosting the Italian tourism industry,” he added.
The new codeshare destinations are now available for booking, with EK baggage allowances also applying to the train journeys.
Emirates currently operates eight daily flights from Dubai to Italy.