A new code share agreement between Emirates and Trenitalia will soon enable passengers to travel seamlessly between airport and train station without having to book separate tickets for each journey. When making travel arrangements through Emirates, customers can book both their flights and train journeys on the same ticket so that, upon arriving at the airport, they can continue on to their final destination by train. (Emirates has a popular JFK to Milan flight for American travelers.)
The new combination ticket will connect Emirates’ four Italian airport gateways (Rome, Venice, Milan and Bologna) with 27 Italian train stations all over the country. Train stations served include popular destinations such as Florence and Naples, as well as smaller cities such as Reggio di Calabria and Brescia. Emirates currently flies 1.6 million people to and from Italy every year and serves six continents.
Business Traveller reports that train tickets will be booked “in the cabin class that matches the class of travel on the Emirates ticket,” including Executive, Business, Premium and Standard classes on Trenitalia. First Class passengers on Emirates and Executive Class passengers on Trenitalia can use each company’s lounge. Upon booking, all passengers will receive seat numbers for their train journey.
Emirates’ baggage allowance also applies to the connecting train trips. Passengers must pick up their baggage at the airport and transfer it to the train.
“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’s Long Haul Passenger division. — Elaine Murphy