Kenya Airways PLC (NSE: KQ) and Oman Air, the national
carrier of the Sultanate have expanded their existing codeshare cooperation increasing the
destinations available to their guests.
The codeshare expansion effective today, October 1, 2019, will allow seamless connectivity
to Oman Air guests traveling beyond Nairobi to Entebbe (Uganda) and Johannesburg (South
Africa). Similarly, Kenya Airways guests can now extend their travel beyond Muscat (Oman)
to Karachi (Pakistan) and Lahore (Pakistan).
Oman Air (WY) and Kenya Airways (KQ) commenced their codeshare agreement covering
services between Muscat and Nairobi in August 2017.
Kenya Airways Chief Commercial Officer Ursula Silling said, “We are pleased to enhance our
cooperation with Oman Air. Through this partnership, Kenya Airways extends its services to
tourists as well as to those who are visiting friends and families, in Oman – through the cultural
links that Oman shares with the coastal parts of East Africa – especially Kenya and Tanzania.
“This cooperation also expands our footprint in the Middle East through the Muscat gateway
and is consistent with Kenya Airways’ strategy to improve its network efficiency, grow through
partners while focusing on the high yield corporate and leisure segments.” She added.
The following destinations will be added subject to government and regulatory approvals for
Oman Air guests traveling beyond Nairobi to Dar Es Salam (Tanzania) and for Kenya Airways
guests beyond Muscat (Oman) to Bangalore (India), Chennai (India), New Delhi (India),
Hyderabad (India) and Jeddah (Saudi Arabia).
Commenting on the new code share agreement, Abdulaziz Al Raisi, Chief Executive Officer
of Oman Air said,
“We are very happy with the extension of this code-share which offers our
guests an opportunity to travel beyond Nairobi and Muscat. Through this partnership, Oman
Air extends its exemplary services to the guests of Kenya Airways. We have been successfully
promoting Kenya throughout our network of destinations.”
KQ is currently working towards financial turnaround with a focus on prudential financial
management, network expansion as well as improving customer experience. This partnership
provides an additional opportunity for revenue enhancement through providing more
selections for guests.