SAN FRANCISCO, December 19, (THEWILL) – East African carrier, Kenya Airways and Air France-KLM Group, have mutually agreed to terminate their Africa-Europe joint venture partnership from September 2021.
According to Allan Kilavuka, Kenya Airways CEO, the Kenyan carrier will continue to serve the European market through its gateways of London, Paris, Amsterdam with Rome slated for resumption from 2021.
Kilavuka, who spoke in a statement issued in Nairobi at the weekend, said: “This development allows Kenya Airways to offer additional options and convenience to our customers connecting through our European gateways.
“This is 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.”
The two 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.
Speaking further, Kilavuka said these routes (Africa and Europe) will be served by onward codeshares from the Air France-KLM group and additionally with an ever-expanding network of European carriers including Alitalia, British Airways, Lufthansa, and Swiss International Airlines amongst others