Jetstar and Emirates expand partnership to give travellers more options

SINGAPORE - Low-cost carrier Jetstar and Dubai's Emirates have expanded their partnership to give travellers even more flight and destination options.

From Oct 26, customers holding Emirates tickets will be able to access 30 new routes across the Asia-Pacific, including points from Singapore. From here, they will be able to hop onto Jetstar Asia flights to Penang, Yangon in Myanmar and Medan in Indonesia.

The tie-up will boost the number of Jetstar Asia destinations offered to Emirates customers to 12 routes, said the low-cost carrier's chief executive officer, Bara Pasupathi.

He said in a media release on Monday: "Since we launched the partnership, we have seen the number of Emirates' passengers double month on month so we see the extension of the codeshare to three of our most popular routes having tremendous potential."

Emirates customers travelling on Jetstar services will receive full-service features such as food and beverage on board.

The Jetstar group which includes airlines in Australia, Singapore and Vietnam, has been working closely with Emirates since the Middle Eastern carrier announced in September 2012 a new partnership with Australia's Qantas.

As part of the deal, Qantas which owns Jetstar in Australia and has stakes in the other subsidiaries, shifted its stopover point for its Australia-Europe flights from Singapore to Dubai with effect from April last year.