Codeshare deal between South African Airways, Kenya Airways opens up more options for travelers

South African carrier South African Airways (SAA) and Kenya national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) have signed a codeshare agreement that opens more destinations for travelers

Side-by-side images of Kenya Airways and South African Airways aircraft. /Airspace Africa

As demand for air travel rebounds, the code-sharing agreement will see each airline sell, under its own code, flights operated by each other.

Passengers traveling out of South Africa will have more options to travel to African destinations including Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Mombasa and Kisumu, while Keny Airways passengers will have more choices for travel into Southern Africa including Cape Town, Durban and Harare.

They will also continue being able to earn Voyager Miles on these new codeshare flights. The deal enables travelers to combine flight segments and baggage on a single ticket.

Kenya Airways says the partnership will 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 travelers within Africa.

Additional codeshare destinations are being evaluated between the partners and will be announced in due course.

“We are very pleased to implement the codeshare with SAA which offers our shared customers more options and flight combinations,” said Allan Kilavuka, Kenya Airways CEO and Group Managing Director. “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.”

John Lamola, interim CEO of South African Airways, says he looks forward to introducing Kenya Airways customers to his company’s offerings.

In November 2021, the two carriers 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 the rest of Africa.

This codeshare agreement builds on an existing special prorate agreement which was signed earlier in 2022.


Story compiled with assistance from wire reports