If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them: KQ Teams up With South Africa’s Airlink

The national carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ), has entered into an interline agreement with South Africa’s regional carrier, Airlink.

The pact is expected to extend KQ’s reach in the southern Africa region via the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town.

This means that KQ customers flying to South Africa can connect with Airlink-operated flights to Windhoek, Durban, Gaborone, Maputo and Port Elizabeth.

On the flip side, the pact enables Airlink passengers to book a through ticket to Nairobi and tap connections to regional destinations, including Entebbe, Kigali, Dar es Salaam, Bujumbura, and Kinshasa.

The airlines have expressed hope in the pact, especially in its ability to strengthen aviation ties between Kenya and southern Africa.

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“As global economies continue to reel from the effects of the (coronavirus) pandemic, such strategic partnerships are critical. These new routes will positively impact the flow of trade and tourism across the region by offering our customers convenient travel around the continent,” said Julius Thairu, KQ’s acting Chief Commercial Officer.

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