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Emirates and Trenitalia, Italy’s national railway company, on Wednesday announced a new codeshare agreement which will enable passengers to discover new destinations across Italy.
With just one ticket, travellers will be able to fly on Emirates and reach some of Italy’s most picturesque cities and towns using trains that leave from Emirates’ four Italian gateways - Bologna, Milan, Rome and Venice.
“This codeshare agreement with Trenitalia opens up new possibilities for our customers and complements our current services to Bologna, Milan, Rome and Venice. With Trenitalia, travelling to the Far East from Foggia, or to Padova from Sydney has never been easier," said Hubert Frach, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president, Commercial Operations, West.
"Emirates already flies more than 1.6 million passengers to and from Italy every year. With this codeshare agreement, we’re connecting Italian regions to our global network, significantly boosting the Italian tourism industry,” he added.
“The agreement signed by Trenitalia and Emirates is a pivotal step towards the increase of effective and comfortable integration between train and airplane,” said Gianpiero Strisciuglio, director of Trenitalia Long Haul Passenger Division.
Customers can now start booking their codeshare trips via Emirates’ website.
Emirates customers will be able to board Trenitalia trains directly without the need to exchange their boarding pass for a separate ticket.
Trenitalia tickets will be booked in the cabin class that matches the class of travel on the Emirates ticket while Emirates’ baggage allowance will also apply for train journeys, as well as baggage dimension restrictions.
With eight daily flights to four gateways - Bologna, Milan, Rome and Venice - Emirates has also been a sponsor of AC Milan since 2010 as well as a main sponsor of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia tennis tournament.
This article first appeared on www.arabianbusiness.com
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