NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 1- Kenya Airways (KQ) has signed a Code Share Agreement with Nigerian Eagle Airlines to strengthen its presence and increase its market share in West Africa.
The agreement, which takes effect on October 25, will offer customers of the two airlines extended travel and better connection options in West, East and Southern Africa.
“The agreement will provide a seamless and superior connecting product for our markets which is in line with our route expansion and effective service delivery strategy,” said KQ Chief Executive Officer Titus Naikuni.
The deal, in which a flight operated by an airline is jointly marketed as a flight for one or more other airlines, will see the two airlines sell seats on the flight that one of them operates.
Mr Naikuni said the move was a demonstration that African carriers were now cooperating more than ever before to develop aviation.
The West African country has been a key destination for KQ and the partnership with Nigeria’s young airline will go a long way in enhancing their business, he explained.
Eagle Airlines passengers will now be able to connect to Africa and the world through Kenya Airways at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
The airlines will feed traffic both ways to further harness the opportunities of the code-share and interline agreement that is premised on reliability and established domestic, regional and international route networks.
Nigerian Eagle Airlines CEO Dapo Olumide said the pact with one of Africa’s most viable airlines would pave way for the future of aviation in the continent.
“This is a significant achievement for us. We cannot think of a better airline than Kenya Airways because of its route network. I have a passion for African aviation, which I know will only be developed by Africans,” Olumide said.
Kenya Airways operates one of the youngest fleets in sub-Saharan Africa and serves over three million passengers annually from its base at JKIA.
Following the agreement, the two carriers will strive to synchronise their schedules and coordinate luggage handling, which makes transfers between connecting flights less time-consuming.