Kenya Airways, the East African country’s national carrier, has this month signed a partnership agreement with Air Madagascar and France-based Air Austral.
The carriers plan to boost their footprints in Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
The agreement was signed by Rolland Besoa Razafimaharo, CEO of Air Madagascar, Kenya Airways Group MD and CEO Mikosz Sebastian and Marie-Joseph Male, CEO of Air Austral.
“This is consistent with Kenya Airways’ strategy to grow its revenue and improve network efficiency by growth through partners while focusing on corporate and leisure segments,” Kenya Airways Chief Executive and Managing Director, Mikosz said.
The agreement will see the three airlines increase develop a code share agreement and increase their connectivity. The deal will also allow the carriers to offer wide range of services to their clients like destinations through their major hub points.
The signing comes 5 months since the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the carriers. Now, the three airline heads have sealed their commitment to offer their customers a larger choice of destinations and service with more efficient connections via their hubs.
“Code-sharing with Kenya Airways on the Nairobi-Antananarivo and Nairobi-Reunion routes is a strong achievement and a promising first step as to the opportunities this privileged partnership offers for the three companies,” said Razafimaharo.
The move is part of Kenya Airways’ ongoing plan to fuel its recovery efforts. The airline has been recovering from losses that date back to as early as 2016.
The flyer hopes that the partnership will help it maintain its ongoing growth trajectory.