Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, continues to build its presence in Africa through a new codeshare agreement with kulula, South Africa’s award-winning low cost carrier.
The codeshare deal
offers Etihad Airways customers flight options to a number of key cities in
South Africa that include Cape Town, Durban, George and East London via
Etihad Airways will
place its EY code on kulula’s scheduled flights between Johannesburg and these
popular coastal cities. This agreement allows guests access to through-check-in
and baggage transfer to their final destination.
The new codeshare
services will go on sale from 3 October 2016, with travel from the start of the
Northern Winter schedule on 30 October.
The agreement with
kulula strengthens Etihad Airways’ commitment to Africa and brings the total number of destinations
that it serves across the continent to 23 through its existing codeshare
partnerships with Kenya Airways, Royal Air Maroc, and strategic equity partner Air Seychelles.
Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, 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.”
Airways currently operates scheduled services to 10 destinations in Africa,
namely Johannesburg, Nairobi, Entebbe, Dar es Salaam, Khartoum, Casablanca,
Rabat, Lagos, Cairo and Mahé in the Seychelles.