Kenya Airways, South African Airways Enhance Pact with new Codeshare Agreement

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Kenya Airways (KQ), and South African Airways (SAA) have announced a new strategic Codeshare partnership, which opens more destinations for travellers of both airlines for seamless travel opportunities.

This announcement comes as demand for air travel rebounds and will see Kenya Airways’ KQ code used for South African Airways flights within Southern Africa including Cape Town, Durban, and Harare.

The SAA code will be used for Kenya Airways flights within Kenya and East African destinations including Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Mombasa, and Kisumu. This agreement begins immediately.

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.

The growth of the partnership will also 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 Framework, 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.”

The code-sharing agreement will see each airline sell, under its code, flights operated by each other; South African Airways or Kenya Airways. Image @indian_spotter

“Through the codeshare agreement with Kenya Airways, South African Airways’ valued clientele 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, interim CEO of South African Airways.

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. Kenya Airways and South African Airways are also exploring ways to enhance co-operation on their respective frequent flyer programs, including reciprocal earning and redemption opportunities and popular benefits such as lounge access, and will be announcing the details in due course.

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