An interline agreement expected to open up trade and tourism opportunities for east and southern Africa has been signed between Kenya Airlines (KQ) and Airlink.
Through its new partnership with the South African airline, KQ passengers will be able to connect with Airlink-operated flights to 40 destinations which include main cities such as Windhoek, Durban, Gaborone, Maseru, Pemba, Maputo and Port Elizabeth.
Airlink passengers in turn will be able to book through KQ to destinations such as Entebbe, Kigali, Dar es Salaam, Bujumbura and Kinshasa.
New Era newspaper in Namibia reports that the agreement presents new growth opportunities for both airlines, and will strengthen aviation ties between Kenya and southern Africa.
“This partnership also plays a significant role economically, improving trade exchanges and spurring tourism across the continent.”
According to KQ acting chief commercial officer, Julius Thairu, strategic partnerships are critical for countries interested in stemming the bloodletting from Covid-19.
“These new routes will positively impact the flow of trade and tourism across the region by offering our customers convenient travel around the continent."