UAE carrier Emirates has signed an interline agreement with Philippine Airlines (PAL).

Emirates said that the aim is to boost connectivity for passengers of both carriers to new points on each other’s networks via Manila and Dubai, using a single ticket and one baggage policy.

The partnership is already in effect with Emirates passengers able to access 19 Philippine domestic destinations operated by Philippine Airlines, including Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod, Cotabato, Davao, Iloilo, Kalibo, among others, as well as two Asian regional points via Manila.

Philippine Airlines’ passengers also benefit from access to Emirates’ network and can connect to 21 cities operated by Emirates beyond Dubai including European destinations such as London, Rome, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Paris, as well as other points in the Middle East, Africa and India including Kuwait and Jeddah.

Emirates first began flying to Manila in 1990, and has since expanded its network to include Cebu and Clark. It currently serves the Philippines with 25 weekly flights to its three gateways in the Asian country.

Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ chief commercial officer, said: “The Philippines is one of our strongest consumer markets and we’re pleased to sign a new interline agreement with the country’s flag carrier. The partnership with Philippine Airlines will help open new links for trade and tourism that will drive more inbound traffic into the market, and expand Emirates’ footprint in East Asia. We look forward to expanding our cooperation with plans to include additional points via Cebu in the coming months.”

Emirates operates its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to the Philippine in a mix of three-class and two-class configuration on flights to Manila, Cebu and Clark.

With the addition of its agreement with Philippine Airlines, Emirates takes its interline partners up to 120 carriers. Besides, the airline also has 27 codeshare partners.;