South African Airways (SAA) has extended its codeshare network with Air Seychelles.
The national carrier has expanded its network to cover the island of Praslin in Seychelles.
The new deal will see Air Seychelles place its ‘HM’ code on 18 SAA flights per week between Johannesburg and Cape Town, Durban, and Port Elizabeth, and five SAA flights per week between Johannesburg and East London.
SAA in turn will place its ‘SA’ code on six Air Seychelles flights per week between Mahé and Praslin.
The airlines have also partnered on five additional flights between Mahé and Johannesburg on December 14, 21 and 28 and January 4 and 11 to cater for the busy holiday season.
Acting SAA General Manager: Commercial, Manoj Papa, said that the national carrier has started implementing its Long-Term Turnaround Strategy, which seeks to broaden the country’s network through alliances and strategic partnerships.
“Expanding our codeshare agreement with Air Seychelles is in line with our strategy and offers our customers more exciting travel options,” said Papa.
Cramer Ball, Air Seychelles’ Chief Executive Officer, said: “Thanks to our new codeshare expansion, South Africa’s regional cities are now more accessible than ever to our guests.”
“We look forward to working with South African Airways to enable passengers from all over South Africa to travel to Seychelles and enhancing tourism to our archipelago.”
In the subsequent phases of their partnership, the airlines will seek to cooperate on more South African Airways’ non-stop flights throughout the continent, as well as the Americas, and to cooperate on their frequent flyer programmes.
SAA and the national airline of Seychelles first entered into their codeshare agreement in April 2013.