Kenyan, British carriers ink codeshare deal

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Kenya Airways Boeing 777-300(ER) landing at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in The Netherlands. Kenya Airways connects Amsterdam to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya. Kenya Airways is part of SkyTeam aviation alliance. /Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto /Getty Images

Kenya Airways said Friday it has inked a codeshare agreement with British Airways, making it easier for customers to fly to 26 destinations across Europe.

The Kenyan carrier said in a statement that customers flying from Nairobi with Kenya Airways will be able to connect to European destinations such as Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Dublin, Aberdeen, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona.

In the reciprocal agreement, customers flying with British Airways from London will now be able to connect to 20 destinations in Africa, including Douala, Zanzibar, Lusaka, Mombasa, Addis Ababa, Entebbe, Mauritius and Seychelles, that Kenya Airways serves.

Julius Thairu, chief commercial and customer officer at Kenya Airways, said the codeshare agreement will increase choices for thousands of passengers and will allow for smooth connectivity to a significant number of new destinations, particularly throughout Africa and Europe.

“By harnessing our complementary strengths, it will also provide benefits to aid the recovery of international travel and meet the increasing demand,” he added.

Kenya Airways now offers five flights a week from Nairobi to London Heathrow, every day except Wednesdays and Fridays, operated on Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

British Airways Head of Alliances Christopher Fordyce said: “We are really pleased to be able to offer our customers access to even more destinations across the region thanks to our new codeshare agreement with Kenya Airways, making that bucket list trip even easier to plan.”

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