10 OCTOBER 2016
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In a further move to build its presence in Africa, Etihad Airways has signed a codeshare agreement with South African carrier kulula.
The deal offers Etihad passengers flight options to several key cities in South Africa including Cape Town, Durban, George and East London via Johannesburg.
Services went on sale last Monday, with travel from the start of the Northern winter schedule on 30 October.
Etihad CEO Peter Baumgartner said the agreement strengthened Etihad’s commitment to Africa, bringing the number of its destinations across the continent to 23. The airline has existing codeshare partnerships with Kenya Airways, Royal Air Maroc and its strategic equity partner Air Seychelles.
“Kulula is an innovative and award-winning airline and this agreement demonstrates Etihad’s growing ambitions to strengthen operations across Africa,” Baumgartner said.
“Through the agreement, kulula will give inbound passengers direct access from Johannesburg to four key destinations along South Africa’s coastline, and I am certain the extended reach will appeal to business and leisure travellers alike.”
Erik Venter, CEO of kulula parent company Comair, added: “We are delighted to add Etihad to our growing list of airline partnerships and excited about exploring additional opportunities to expand on the relationship.”
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