Cape Town - Etihad Airways, the national
airline of the United Arab Emirates, has confirmed its will be entering into a new codeshare agreement with low-cost airline kulula.
The codeshare deal, set to commence from sales on 3 October for travel from 30 October, 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 Johannesburg.
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 airline states the agreement with kulula "strengthens its 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.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways
Chief Executive Officer says, “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 says, “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
Etihad 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
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