Kenya Airways signs codeshare agreement with British Airways

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airway has announced a new codeshare agreement with British Airways, allowing its customers to connect to 26 destinations across the UK and Europe on routes operated by BA, including Glasgow, Madrid, Milan, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

Customers flying to Nairobi with British Airways will be able to connect to 20 destinations across East and Central Africa, including Douala, Zanzibar, Lusaka, Mombasa, Addis Ababa, and Entebbe. The agreement will also provide travelers with more options to reach holiday destinations such as Mauritius and Seychelles.

British Airways currently offers four flights per week from London Heathrow to Nairobi, operated by a four-class B777 aircraft.

Members of British Airways’ Executive Club will be able to earn Avios and tier points when flying on eligible codeshare routes operated by Kenya Airways.

Meanwhile, customers flying with Skyteam carrier Kenya Airways to London will be able to connect to 26 destinations across the UK and Europe on routes operated by British Airways, including Glasgow, Madrid, Milan, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

Christopher Fordyce, British Airways’ Head of Alliances, said: “After a difficult 20 months with global travel restrictions, it’s fantastic to see travel between the UK and Africa resuming. We are really pleased to be able to offer our customers access to even more destinations across the region thanks to our new codeshare agreement with Kenya Airways, making that bucket list trip even easier to plan.”

“The agreement will increase choices for thousands of passengers and will allow for smooth connectivity to a significant number of new destinations – particularly throughout Africa and Europe”

On his part, Julius Thairu, Chief Commercial and Customer Officer at Kenya Airways added that: “We are delighted to secure this strategic codeshare agreement with British Airways to provide our travelers with a seamless journey to and from Europe and Africa. The agreement will increase choices for thousands of passengers and will allow for smooth connectivity to a significant number of new destinations – particularly throughout Africa and Europe. By harnessing our complementary strengths, this agreement will also provide benefits to aid the recovery of international travel and meet the increasing demand.”

This comes just two weeks after Kenya Airways announced that it will start operating additional flights from Kenya to the United Kingdom beginning October 11th, 2021, following Kenya’s removal from the UK’s travel red list to amber.

Kenya was moved from the UK’s red list travel ban to amber on 22 September 2021 and now the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advisory has been updated to coincide with the easing of rules.

Additionally, vaccinated Kenyans will no longer require to quarantine upon arrival in the UK.

Travelers from Kenya were banned from entering the UK in April 2021 following the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant in the country.

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