Kenya Airways and Air France-KLM group terminate Africa-Europe joint venture cooperation

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NAIROBI, KENYA – 2020/07/31: A Kenya Airways plane is seen at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Kenya Airways has resumed international flights following the relaxation of travel restrictions by President Uhuru Kenyatta. The flights had been stopped during the coronavirus pandemic epidemic in the country. (Photo by Dennis Sigwe / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images)

Kenya Airways and the Air France-KLM Group announced on Saturday that they have agreed to mutually end their Africa-Europe joint venture partnership from September 2021.

FILE PHOTO: A Kenya Airways plane is seen at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. (Photo by Dennis Sigwe / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images)

Kenya Airways CEO Allan Kilavuka said the Kenyan carrier will continue to serve the European market via its gateways in London, Paris and Amsterdam, with Rome set to resume from 2021.

“This development enables Kenya Airways to offer additional options and amenities to our customers connecting through our European gateways, in line with our goal of supporting the resumption of international tourism in Kenya and connecting Africa with the world and the world. to Africa, ”Kilavuka said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

The two airlines had previously suspended the joint venture’s cooperation for the calendar year 2020, mainly due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent unpredictability of the return to normal operations.

Kilavuka said these routes (Africa and Europe) will be served by Air France-KLM group codeshare and an ever-expanding network of European carriers including Alitalia, British Airways, Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines, among others.

Kenya Airways is a member of the SkyTeam alliance and the loyalty program will continue to apply on all partner flights.

Frequent travelers will therefore continue to earn and redeem miles, while Elite Plus travelers will benefit from SkyPriority services.

Kenya Airways operates more than 70 flights per day and serves more than 53 destinations around the world, including 43 in Africa.

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