British Airways (BA) and regional airline Airlink, located in South Africa, have agreed to a new codeshare agreement.
The UK flag carrier stated in a statement that both airlines want to increase connectivity between the UK, Europe, North America, and more than 15 locations in Southern Africa.
According to the announcement, BA customers flying out of or through London Heathrow (LHR) would be able to connect to their final destination through Cape Town (CPT) or Johannesburg (JNB) on a single ticket. This provides possibilities for travelers to travel onward to places like Durban (DUR) in South Africa and Windhoek in Namibia.
“Our flights to Cape Town and Johannesburg continue to be as popular as ever with our customers, so we’re pleased to be able to open up more options in the Southern African region,” said Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances.
According to Rodger Foster, CEO and Managing Director of Airlink, merging the networks of both airlines is like a happy marriage.
“This is an important next step in our partnership with British Airways, which has a phenomenal global reach into the most important markets for our region.
The marriage of our two networks will benefit both British Airways’ and Airlink’s customers, giving them even more choice with a wide range of itinerary options and connectivity possibilities,” Foster said.