Kenya Airways, Kenya’s national carrier, and South African Airways have signed a codeshare agreement that opens more destinations for seamless travel opportunities. As demand for air travel rebounds, the bilateral code-share agreement will see each airline sell, under its own code, flights operated by each other, SAA or KQ. SAA’s customers will continue to have the ability to earn Voyager miles on these new codeshare flights. The deal enables travellers to combine flight segments and baggage on a single ticket.
Passengers travelling out of South Africa will have more options to travel to African destinations including Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Mombasa, and Kisumu while KQ passengers will have more choices for travel into Southern Africa including Cape Town, Durban, and Harare immediately. The growth of the partnership will see the addition of Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Juba, Douala, Lusaka, Ghana, and Nigeria subject to government approval as the airlines seek to offer more options for travellers within Africa.
Allan Kilavuka, Kenya Airways CEO and Group Managing Director said; “We are very pleased to implement the codeshare with SAA which offers our shared customers more options and flight combinations. As part of our Strategic Partnership, we will contribute to making it easier for passengers to reach exciting new destinations within Africa. The additional destinations we believe will offer better customer journey thanks to the number of frequencies and connections created as well as many opportunities for trade and tourism.”
“Through the codeshare agreement with Kenya Airways, SAA’s valued customers will gain new travel choices to markets across East Africa via Kenya’s extensive network and hub in Nairobi, providing for seamless travel and status recognition. We are looking forward to introducing Kenya Airways customers to our award-winning service, and to working closely with Kenya Airways as our partnership will improve the connections between our respective networks,” says Prof John Lamola, CEO of SAA. Additional codeshare destinations are being evaluated between the partners and will be announced in due course.
In November 2021, KQ and SAA signed a Strategic Partnership Framework to work together to increase passenger traffic, cargo opportunities, and general trade by taking advantage of strengths in South Africa, Kenya, and Africa. This codeshare agreement builds upon an existing special prorate agreement which was signed earlier this year. KQ and SAA are also exploring ways to enhance co-operation on their respective frequent flyer programmes, including reciprocal earning and redemption opportunities and popular benefits such as lounge access, and will be announcing the details in due course.