Kenya Airways has signed a code-share agreement with EgyptAir (MS), on the Nairobi-Cairo route, in a bid to improve connectivity to Egypt in Northern Africa.
The agreement will see EgyptAir load Kenya Airways flight code on the Egyptian carriers’ four flights between Cairo and Nairobi from June 1, 2017.
This will allow the national carrier, Kenya Airways; to resume direct market access between Nairobi and Cairo since August 2013 when its own operations were suspended.
The code-share partnership will initially cover six routes enhancing passengers travel opportunities throughout the region.
These will include Cairo, Istanbul, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, Lusaka and Harare.
In a statement, Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Sebastian Mikosz on Monday said the partnership will enable customers of both carriers to enjoy the benefits of each other’s network.
“As COMESA member countries, this partnership enhances bilateral trade as well as enabling both carriers to offer customers seamless connectivity between Kenya and Egypt, especially for our passengers in the region who mainly travel for business and leisure. Our guests will now be able to enjoy flights to Cairo either directly from Nairobi or through Entebbe or Khartoum,” Mikosz said.
“As African Airlines, partnerships are our biggest opportunity as we seek to sustainably develop Africa. This is indeed in line with the core purpose of Kenya Airways,” he added.
The Chairman and CEO EGYPTAIR Holding, Safwat Musallam stated that "As a member of AFRAA since 1968 and within the context of our continuous efforts to offer seamless transfers to our customers, EgyptAir has initiated the partnership with Kenya Airways as a foundation for future commercial operational opportunities between both airlines. The cooperation also reinforces our commitment towards our customers by increasing the range of destinations all around the world with seamless connectivity”