Codeshare expands Etihad Airways’ continental reach
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – ETIHAD Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, continues to build its presence in Africa through a new codeshare agreement with kulula, South Africa’s low-cost carrier.
The codeshare deal offers Etihad Airways customers flight options to a number of key cities in South Africa that include Cape Town, Durban, George and East London via Johannesburg.
Etihad Airways will place its EY code on kulula’s scheduled flights between Johannesburg and these popular coastal cities. This agreement allows guests access to through-check-in and baggage transfer to their final destination.
The new codeshare services is effective immediately with travel from the start of the Northern Winter schedule on 30 October.
The agreement with kulula strengthens Etihad Airways’ commitment to Africa and brings the total number of destinations that it serves across the continent to 23 through its existing codeshare partnerships with Kenya Airways, Royal Air Maroc, and strategic equity partner Air Seychelles.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, says kulula is an innovative and award-winning airline and this new codeshare agreement demonstrates Etihad Airways’ growing ambitions to strengthen our operations across Africa.
Erik Venter, Chief Executive Officer of kulula’s parent company, Comair, says they are delighted to add Etihad Airways to their growing list of strategic airline partnerships and are excited about exploring additional opportunities to expand on the relationship.
“We look forward to welcoming Etihad Airways’ customers on board our flights,” says Venter.
Etihad Airways currently operates scheduled services to ten destinations in Africa, namely Johannesburg, Nairobi, Entebbe, Dar es Salaam, Khartoum, Casablanca, Rabat, Lagos, Cairo and Mahé in the Seychelles.
– CAJ News
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