National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) has signed a one way codeshare agreement with Safarilink Aviation (F2), Kenya’s premier safari airline, to open up Kenya by connecting domestic scheduled services to all the best safari destinations within Kenya and Tanzania.
This codeshare agreement means that KQ passengers will be able to combine their travel experience between respective international destinations and 18 remote destinations within Kenya and Tanzania that Safarilink operates.
During signing of the partnership, KQ Chief Executive Officer Sebastian Mikosz said, “As part of our strategy to continue growing the network, we have seen the need to give travel ease to our customers by connecting their destinations. This partnership with Safarilink will significantly open up Kenya’s tourist destinations to international travelers by allowing passengers to connect from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (KJIA) to Wilson Airport and eventually to their respective safari destinations which is a great convenience to them.”.
The partnership will see KQ place its codeshare flight numbers on the Safarilink flights so that when customers from international destinations book online, they are able to book with connectivity to their safari destinations. It will also provide daily scheduled flights that will provide access to Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Samburu, Lamu, Zanzibar, Ukunda, Vipingo, Kilimanjaro, Lodwar, Kitale, Laikipia, Lewa downs, Olpajeta, Loisaba, Nanyuki and Mt. Kenya.
Also commenting on the codeshare agreement, Safarilink Aviation Chief Executive Officer Alex Avedi said, “We are very pleased to be entering into this significant partnership with KQ which will provide seamless connection of passengers from the KQ network straight into Kenya and Tanzania’s world famous parks. We are delighted that KQ chose us on account of our commitment to safety and quality.”
KQ adds that over 1.3 million people toured Kenya through JKIA in 2018 with the carrier being responsible for 60 per cent of overall traffic at JKIA.