British Airways Announces New Codeshare With Kenya Airways

British Airways (BA) and Kenya Airways have signed a codeshare agreement in a move designed to boost business travel and tourism between African destinations and Europe. In a statement released on October 21, 2021, the flagship carrier of the United Kingdom said that thanks to the new codeshare with Kenya Airways, BA customers can seamlessly connect on Kenya Airways flights within Africa.

British Airways Boeing 777-200
British Airways customers can now connect on Kenya Airways flights in Africa. Photo: British Airways

Based at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, British Airways customers can now connect to 20 destinations in East and Central Africa. The Kenya Airways destinations list includes Douala, Zanzibar, Lusaka, Mombasa, Addis Ababa, and Entebbe. British Airways customers can also take advantage of Kenya Airways flights to the Indian Ocean tourist destinations of Mauritius and the Seychelles.

Kenya Airways customers can connect on BA European flights

In the mutually benefitting codeshare, Kenya Airways customers can effortlessly transfer from British Airways London Heathrow Airport (LHR) hub to 26 destinations within Europe. BA European destinations from Heathrow include flights to Glasgow, Madrid, Milan, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and holiday destinations around the Mediterranean Sea.

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Currently, British Airways flies from London to Nairobi four days a week on a Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, with a three-class configured Boeing 777-200. Kenya Airways offers five flights a week between Nairobi and London every day except Wednesdays and Fridays. On the route, Kenya Airways has deployed one of its nine flagship Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.

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The codeshare will help connect Europe and Africa

When speaking about the new codeshare in the British Airways statement, British Airways Head of Alliances Christopher Fordyce said:

“After a difficult 20 months with global travel restrictions, it’s fantastic to see travel between the UK and Africa resuming. We are really pleased to be able to offer our customers access to even more destinations across the region thanks to our new codeshare agreement with Kenya Airways, making that bucket list trip even easier to plan.”

In another statement, Chief Commercial and Customer Officer at Kenya Airways, Julius Thairu said:

“The codeshare agreement with British Airways to provide our travelers with a seamless journey to and from Europe and Africa is very strategic. It will increase choices for thousands of passengers and will allow for smooth connectivity to a significant number of new destinations – particularly throughout Africa and Europe. By harnessing our complementary strengths, it will also provide benefits to aid the recovery of international travel and meet the increasing demand.”

Flight times between London and Nairobi

London to Nairobi
The British Airways 8hr and 40min flight BA0065 departs London Heathrow Terminal 5 at 10:25 and arrives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) Terminal 1A at 21:05

Nairobi to London

The return flight BA0064 from Kenya to London Departs Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) Terminal 1A at 23:00 and arrives in London Heathrow (LHR) Terminal 5 at 06:15

Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
Kenya Airways flies to London five times a week. Photo: Getty Images

Nairobi to London
Kenya Airways flight number KQ100 departs Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) Terminal 1A at 09:35 and arrives in London Heathrow Terminal 3 at 15:30.

London to Nairobi
Kenya Airways flight number KQ101 departs London Heathrow Terminal 3 at 17:25 and arrives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) Terminal 1A at 05:00.

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