British Airways has forged a market-sharing alliance with KLM regarding flights to the Middle East.

In response to an unsurprising drop in demand for travel to the region, the duo will cut services and share capacity on routes to Oman, Saudi Arabia and Dubai from March 31. The agreement does not, however, involve code-sharing (which would allow a passenger with a ticket for one carrier to fly with the other).

BA said it hoped to resume the cancelled services once demand picks up. However, the two airlines are reportedly eager to explore closer cooperation if possible – two years ago they attempted a merger before legal and regulatory hurdles scuppered the deal.

News source: The Times (London)