NAIROBI, Kenya – Air France KLM Group and Kenya Airways-KQ have agreed to mutually terminate their Africa-Europe joint venture partnership from 1st September 2021.
The airlines had previously suspended the Joint Venture cooperation for the calendar year 2020 mainly due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent unpredictability of return to normalcy in operations.
According to Allan Kilavuka, the Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer, KQ will continue to serve the Europe market through its gateways of London, Paris, Amsterdam with Rome slated for resumption from 2021.
“This development allows Kenya Airways to offer additional options and convenience to our customers connecting through our European gateways in line with our goal of supporting the recovery of international tourism in Kenya and connecting Africa to the World, and the World to Africa,” said Allan Kilavuka.
He revealed that these routes will be served by onward codeshares from the Air France KLM group and additionally with KQ’s ever-expanding network of European carriers including Alitalia, British Airways, Lufthansa, and Swiss International Airlines amongst others.
Kenya Airways, a leading African airline operating over 70 flights a day and flying to over 53 destinations worldwide, 43 of which are in Africa is a member of the SkyTeam alliance, and its loyalty program will continue to apply on all the partner flights.
According to a statement from KQ, frequent Flyers will also continue earning and redeeming miles, as Elite Plus travelers benefit from Sky Priority services.