Kenya Airways is set to resume direct market access between Nairobi and Cairo since August 2013 following the signing of a codeshare agreement with EgyptAir (MS).
The agreement which will initially cover six routes including Cairo, Istanbul, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, Lusaka and Harare is aimed at improving connectivity to the Northern Africa country and enhancing passengers travel opportunities throughout the region.
It will see EgyptAir load Kenya Airways flight code on its flights between Cairo and Nairobi.
The new Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Sebastian Mikosz said, “As COMESA member countries, this partnership enhances bilateral trade as well as enabling both carriers to offer customers seamless connectivity between Kenya and Egypt.”
Business and leisure customers can now fly to Cairo directly from Nairobi or through Entebbe or Khartoum, enjoying more connectivity options through the two airlines’ hubs Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Cairo International Airport.
Safwat Musallam, EgyptAir Holding Chairman and CEO, said the partnership was a foundation for future commercial opportunities between the two carriers and stressed its importance in stimulating economic cooperation between Egypt and Kenya.
In recent months, Kenya’s flag carrier extended a similar agreement with India’s Jet Airways to include domestic flights in India between Mumbai and New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Hyderad; and entered one with its low-cost subsidiary Jambojet to optimize capacity and creating seamless connections between their two networks.
The Kenya Airways-EgyptAir codeshare agreement was effected on 1 June 2017.