Etihad Airways is extending its presence in Africa through a new codeshare agreement with kulula, a low cost air carrier in South Africa. The codeshare agreement will allow Etihad Airways passengers to fly to a variety of kulula destinations on the shared flights to destinations that were previously unavailable through independent Etihad Airways flights.
Etihad currently operates scheduled services to 10 African destinations, including Johannesburg, Nairobi, Entebbe, Dar es Salaam, Casablanca, Rabat, Lagos, Cairo and Mahe, Seychelles. The new agreement will offer Etihad Airways customers a variety of flight options to a number of cities in South Africa, including Cape Town, Durban, George and East London via Johannesburg.
Eithad Airways will place its EY code on kulula’s scheduled flights between Johannesburg and the popular coastal cities, on sale from October 3, 2016, with travel from the start of the Northern Winter schedule on October 30. The agreement allows guests access to through-check-in and baggage transfer to final destinations.
The agreement with kulula comes from Etihad Airway’s commitment to strengthen its ties with Africa, and now brings the total number of destinations served across the continent to 23, through its existing partnerships with Kenya Airways, Royal Air Maroc and strategic equity partner Air Seychelles.
Etihad Airways CEO Peter Baumgartner made a statement explaining that the new codeshare agreement will provide inbound passengers direct access from Johannesburg to four key destinations along the South African coastline, and was designed to appeal to both business and leisure travelers alike.