Kenya Airways has inked a codeshare agreement with Air Europa, the third-largest Spanish airline, in a move aimed at enhancing its presence in both Europe and the United States.

The partnership enables Air Europa passengers to seamlessly travel from Amsterdam to Nairobi, while Kenya Airways customers gain access to flights to Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, New York, and Miami.

This collaboration significantly broadens travel options for customers, offering advantages such as the ability to purchase a single ticket, a unified check-in process, and streamlined connections with minimal wait times.

Kenya Airways will apply its codes to four Air Europa routes: Amsterdam to Madrid, Madrid to Palma de Mallorca, Madrid to New York, and Miami. Simultaneously, Air Europa will place its code on Kenya Airways’ Amsterdam to Nairobi flight.

Martin Gitonga, Kenya Airways’ Head of Network Planning and Alliances, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, highlighting the enhanced convenience and connectivity it brings to travelers heading to Europe and the United States.

Mr Gitonga said that Air Europa has been a longstanding partner within the SkyTeam Alliance, and this agreement represents a deeper collaboration for the mutual benefit of their respective guests.

This collaboration is in line with Kenya Airways’ overarching partnership strategy, which experienced significant revitalisation in 2022.

The official highlighted the airline’s commitment to establishing strategic partnerships and agreements that prioritise customer convenience, choice, and access to global destinations through its Nairobi hub.

Estelle Leray, Director of Alliances at Air Europa, conveyed satisfaction with the partnership, highlighting the opportunity to work with KQ

Leray highlighted the potential for expanding Air Europa’s reach in a region experiencing growing demand, ultimately benefiting their shared customer base.

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