Etihad Airways extends reach in Africa with a new codeshare agreement

first_imgThe national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways, continues to expand its presence in Africa through a new codeshare agreement with kulula, a South African low cost carrier.The codeshare deal offers customers of Etihad Airways with flight options to a number of key cities in South Africa, namely Cape Town, Durban, George and East London via Johannesburg.Etihad would place its EY code on kulula’s scheduled flights between Johannesburg and these popular coastal cities.The agreement would also allow guests access to through-check-in and baggage transfer to their final destination.The new codeshare service has gone on sale from October, with travel to begin from the start of the Northern Winter schedule.Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, Peter Baumgartner said, “kulula is an innovative and award-winning airline and this new codeshare agreement demonstrates Etihad Airways’ growing ambitions to strengthen our operations across Africa. Through the agreement, kulula will give inbound passengers direct access from Johannesburg to four key destinations along South Africa’s renowned coastline, and I am certain the extended reach offered through this partnership will appeal to business and leisure travellers alike.”Erik Venter, Chief Executive Officer of kulula’s parent company, Comair, said, “We are delighted to be adding Etihad Airways to our 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.”Presently Etihad Airways offers its services to 10 destinations in Africa, which include Johannesburg, Nairobi, Entebbe, Dar es Salaam, Khartoum, Casablanca, Rabat, Lagos, Cairo and Mahé in the Seychelles.last_img