EMIRATES AND KENYA AIRWAYS ENTER INTERLINE PARTNERSHIP
DUBAI – 12th June, 2023. Emirates and Kenya Airways (KQ) have announced an interline partnership that offers customers of both airlines access to new destinations on the two airlines’ networks within a single itinerary. The new agreement offers customer with many benefits for example travel options as well as seamless baggage check-in to their final destination.
Emirates customers will now be able to fly to 28 destinations on the Kenya Airways network using Nairobi as the gateway to destinations such as Nampula, Bangui, Bujumbara, Kigali, Dzaoudzi, Lubumbashi, Kinshasa, Kilimanjaro, Juba, Zanzibar, among many other regional points across Africa. Additionally, as part of a bilateral interline arrangement, Emirates passengers travelling via Dubai can also book a single ticket itinerary from or to Mombasa, one of the most popular leisure destinations in Kenya.
Similarly, Kenya Airways passengers travelling from Nairobi and Mombasa will now be able to access the Emirates’ network and seamlessly connect through Dubai to 23 destinations across West and South Asia, the Far East, the Indian Ocean and Middle East such as Singapore, Tokyo, Bangkok, Ahmedabad, Beirut, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Seoul among others.
“This partnership will provide the ideal gateway for our customers as we seek to increase our connectivity between Africa and the Middle East through Emirates’ hub in Dubai. Partnerships like these are key in aviation as they take advantage of mutual scale and efficiencies to provide customers with more seamless travel options.” Said Julius Thairu, Chief Commercial and Customer Officer
Kenya Airways Tickets are available to purchase on emirates.com, online travel agents (OTAs) as well as through major travel agencies.
Emirates has operated flights between Nairobi and Dubai since 1995 and since then, the route has grown. The growth of the route is reflected with the 14 weekly flights. Kenya is privileged with private, enclosed First Class cabins, offering premium customers a superior experience across every touchpoint of their journey operated by Emirates.
On the other hand, Kenya Airways operates 10 (ten weekly) flights to Dubai from Nairobi using a mix of B737-800 and the Dreamliner. KQ also recently launched direct 4 weekly flights between Mombasa (KQ’s Second hub) and Dubai.
The new Interline Agreement adds to the already existing partners that the Kenya flag carrier has with other airlines for example South African Airways, British Airways, Air Austral, Saudia Airlines, Oman Air, Egypt Air, Delta Airlines and KLM-Air France. KQ has been a member of the Sky Team Alliance since 2007 and it is the only African Member Airline.