Kenya Airways (KQ) has signed an interline agreement with South Africa’s regional airline, Airlink. The deal will enable Kenya Airways customers flying to South Africa to connect with Airlink operated flights to Windhoek, Durban, Gaborone, Maseru, Pemba, Maputo, and Port Elizabeth.
It will also enable Airlink passengers to book a through ticket to Nairobi, Kenya, and enjoy connections to other KQ destinations within Africa. These include Entebbe, Dar es Salaam, Kigali, Kinshasa, and Bujumbura.
According to KQ’s Acting Chief Commercial Officer Julius Thairu, the agreement will positively impact the flow of tourism and trade across the region by offering customers convenient travel around the continent. He further reiterates that the deal will also improve trade exchange and spur tourism across the continent.
Airlink is an airline based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Its main business is to provide service between smaller, underserved towns and larger hub airports. However, it has since expanded to offer flights on larger, mainline routes. The airline has a network of over 60 routes across more than 50 destinations. In January 2021, Airlink became the second-largest carrier within Africa by number of flights and third-largest by number of seats.
Meanwhile, KQ signed a two-year codeshare agreement with Congo Airways last month to create additional connectivity to the two airlines’ networks. The deal enables KQ customers to access Kinshasa directly from Nairobi, and also ply Africa and international routes jointly. The agreement will also see the two airlines partner in areas of mutual interest, including aircraft maintenance, training and sharing of excess capacity.