Aviation: Kenya Airways Expands Code-share Partnership with Alitalia into Africa
Cash trapped Kenya Airways has signed with Alitalia, a partner airline in the Skyteam alliance, for an enhanced codeshare agreement creating additional connectivity to the network of the two airlines.
The new partnership between Kenya Airways and Alitalia is bound to boost business travel and tourism between African points into Europe, the Far East and South America.
The airline recently, according to atqnews.com, entered an enhanced interline partnership with British Airways on flights behind British Airways’ hubs in London Heathrow and Kenya Airways’ hub at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The partnership will allow Kenya Airways customers to access British Airways’ extensive network especially in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Switzerland and other destinations in Europe.
British Airways, on the other hand, will be able to connect their passengers through the Nairobi Hub to Kenya Airways’ huge African network touching destinations in East, Central and Southern Africa among other African points. This new partnership will give customers an even greater choice for travel between the two continents thanks to the extensive networks of both airlines.
Also, sokodirectory.com, reported that the partnership with Alitalia will give tourists and businessmen additional travel options and better flight schedules when travelling to Central and Southern Africa and the other continents through the two airlines’ hubs in Rome and Nairobi.
The new codeshare flights are available for sale through the airlines’ reservation systems and in travel agencies.
Thanks to the codeshare agreement, Alitalia is widening its codeshare network in Africa, by placing its “AZ” flight code on Kenya Airways’ service to Malindi. Kenya Airways launched flights to Malindi in June 2019 specifically to connect with the Italian market.
Similarly, Kenya Airways will expand its offer by placing its ‘KQ’ flight code on Alitalia’s services from Rome to Tirana – Albania, Podgorica – Montenegro, Santiago – Chile, Buenos Aires – Argentina, Sao Paulo – Brazil, Rio de Janerio, Seoul – South Korea.
“The expansion of this partnership after such a short period reflects the opportunities that have been unlocked since the inception of the Nairobi to Rome flight and serves as a testament to our continued commitment creating access for travellers to Africa” said Kenya Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Ursula Silling.
Thanks to the codeshare agreement, customers can fly seamlessly to their desired destination with a single ‘unique’ ticket, checking-in at the airport of departure, and collecting their checked-through baggage at the end of their trip in the arrival airport.
Besides the new codeshare services and more convenient flight connections, Kenya Airways and Alitalia customers will have the opportunity to earn and redeem miles on the entire network operated by both airlines.