Kulula to increase numbers with Etihad codeshare deal
South African low cost carrier Kulula will be increasing its international passengers thanks to a new codeshare deal with Gulf airline, Etihad
The Abu-Dhabi-based airline is to offer its 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 EY passengers access to through-check-in and baggage transfer to their final destination.
The new codeshare services will go on sale from today with travel from 30 October.
Erik Venter, CEO of Kulula’s parent company, Comair, said: “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 our flights.”
The agreement with Kulula strengthens Etihad Airways’ 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 CEO, said: “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.”
Etihad Airways currently operates scheduled services to 10 destinations in Africa: Johannesburg, Nairobi, Entebbe, Dar es Salaam, Khartoum, Casablanca, Rabat, Lagos, Cairo and Mahé in the Seychelles.
Etihad will now enjoy more connections to South Africa with the Kulula deal