National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Air Madagascar and Air Austral in an effort to increase connectivity among the airlines.
The pact dubbed “Privileged Partnership Agreement” will see the airlines craft a code share agreement that will increase the airlines overall connectivity.
According to Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sebastian Mikosz, in a news report by the Standard, the deal will increase the number of customers using the airlines while allowing them better access to Nairobi, Antananarivo and Saint-Denis de La Réunion respectively.
“Our customers will now have better access to the airlines’ respective cities. The move is also consistent with Kenya Airways’ strategy to grow its revenue and improve network efficiency by growth through partners while focusing on corporate and leisure segments,” the KQ CEO is quoted as saying by the Standard during the inking of the deal in in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Rolland Besoa Razafimaharo, the CEO of Air Madagascar and Marie-Joseph Male the President of Air Austral similarly expressed their joy at the inking of the deal.
The Standard consequently reports that the KQ and Air Austral partnership will be implemented at a later date while that of KQ and Air Madagascar will be effected in January 21, 2019.
Conglomerates of the airlines such as Tsaradia, Jambojet and Ewa Air from Madagascar, Kenya and Reunion Island respectively will also gain from the agreement.
The announcement comes just a few days after Kenya Airways announced direct flights to Mogadishu, Somalia. The airline had on two occasions; November 15, 2018 and December 5, 2018, postponed the direct flights to Mogadishu. During the first cancellation of the flight, the airline cited insurance requirements as the reason that informed the decision. Two weeks later the airline proceeded to suspend the express flights to Mogadishu indeterminately following a delay in getting the additional operational requirements.