Emirates and Kenya Airways have joined forces in a new interline partnership, granting passengers of both airlines access to a broader range of destinations across their combined networks. The agreement aims to enhance travel options for customers and facilitate seamless baggage check-in for a hassle-free journey.
Emirates passengers can now fly to 28 destinations on the Kenya Airways network, utilizing Nairobi as a gateway to reach popular African points such as Nampula, Bangui, Bujumbara, Kigali, Dzaoudzi, Lubumbashi, Kinshasa, Kilimanjaro, Juba, Zanzibar, and other regional destinations. Additionally, through a bilateral interline arrangement, Emirates travelers flying via Dubai can book a single ticket itinerary to or from Mombasa, a renowned leisure destination in Kenya.
Similarly, Kenya Airways passengers departing from Nairobi and Mombasa will gain access to Emirates’ extensive network, enabling seamless connections through Dubai to 23 destinations in West and South Asia, the Far East, the Indian Ocean, and the Middle East. Travelers can now conveniently reach cities like Singapore, Tokyo, Bangkok, Ahmedabad, Beirut, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Seoul, and more.
Adnan Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer of Emirates, expressed his pleasure in establishing the partnership, stating that Kenya is a strategic gateway in their African network. The collaboration with Kenya Airways will enhance connectivity for Emirates’ customers and provide them with greater travel options across the continent. Kazim also looks forward to strengthening their relationship with Kenya Airways, fostering more network opportunities and improved connections for both airlines’ customers.
Julius Thairu, Chief Commercial and Customer Officer of Kenya Airways, emphasized the significance of this partnership, highlighting the goal of increasing connectivity between Africa and the Middle East through Emirates’ hub in Dubai. Such collaborations leverage mutual scale and efficiencies to offer customers a more seamless travel experience.
Tickets for this new interline partnership can be purchased through emirates.com, online travel agents (OTAs), and major travel agencies.
Emirates has been operating flights to Kenya since 1995, and the route between Nairobi and Dubai has seen steady growth. Currently, Emirates operates 14 weekly flights and has served over 5 million passengers throughout the years. The airline is also the only carrier offering private, enclosed First Class cabins to Kenya, providing premium customers with an exceptional experience at every stage of their journey.
Kenya Airways recently launched direct flights between Mombasa and Dubai, offering four weekly flights to passengers. This new route from Moi International Airport marks the second hub, after Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where Kenya Airways connects passengers directly to the UAE. The airline currently operates ten weekly flights from Nairobi to Dubai, utilizing a mix of B737-800 and Dreamliner B787-800 aircraft.
Travelers to and from Kenya can expect the comfort of Emirates’ cabins and enjoy their signature products and services. Passengers in all classes can indulge in a culinary experience with regionally inspired menus created by award-winning chefs. They can also relax with Emirates’ renowned inflight entertainment system, ice, offering over 6,500 channels of curated content, including movies, TV shows, African music, podcasts, games, and audiobooks.