Muscat: Oman Air and Kenya Airways have expanded their codeshare cooperation, increasing the destinations available to their guests.
A codeshare agreement is an arrangement where two or more airlines share the same flight. A seat can be purchased from an airline on a flight that is actually operated by another airline under a different flight number or code.
The national carriers of Oman and Kenya began their codeshare agreement covering services between Muscat and Nairobi in August 2017.
The codeshare expansion, effective from 1 October 2019, will allow seamless connectivity to Oman Air guests travelling beyond Nairobi to Entebbe, Uganda and Johannesburg, South Africa. Similarly, Kenya Airways guests can now extend their travel beyond Muscat to Karachi and Lahore, Pakistan.
Other destinations to be added, subject to government and regulatory approvals, include Dar Es Salam, Tanzania for Oman Air guests traveling beyond Nairobi and, for Kenya Airways guests travelling beyond Muscat, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and the Indian cities of Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi and Hyderabad.
Commenting on the new agreement, Abdulaziz Al Raisi, Chief Executive Officer of Oman Air said: “We are very happy with the extension of this codeshare, 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.
This codeshare extension is a result of the steady growth of visitors between the two countries, which is facilitated through our operations that connect our network with Nairobi. With Oman Air’s easy connections to Asia, India and the GCC, we are confident that this extended codeshare will open up more opportunities for the airline and the country”.