Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways sign new codeshare deal

The codeshare will cover selected routes operated by the airlines for travel starting in early January



Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways and Kuwait Airways have signed a codeshare partnership on selected services on bookings starting from December 22, 2019, for travel from January 5, 2020.

Subject to regulatory approvals, Etihad will place its ‘EY’ code on Kuwait Airways operated flights from Abu Dhabi to Kuwait, Najaf and Dhaka, a statement said.

In turn, Kuwait Airways will place its ‘KU’ code on Etihad flights from Kuwait to Abu Dhabi, Belgrade, Casablanca, Rabat, Khartoum, Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi, Male in the Maldives, and Mahe in the Seychelles.

Tony Douglas, group CEO, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “This is a great first step in what we hope will be a mutually beneficial and growing relationship between Kuwait Airways.

“It gives Etihad unprecedented access to important markets not served by Etihad, particularly to Iraq and Bangladesh, where we have significant point-to-point and transfer traffic, and complements our existing services to cities such as Istanbul, enabling us to now offer flights to the city’s secondary gateway.”

Kamel Al-Awadhi, CEO of Kuwait Airways, said: “The codeshare partnership will give customers the simplicity of purchasing connecting flights on both airlines using one reservation. Passengers and travel agents will be able to book directly on these flights through our website and agents’ reservations systems.”

Etihad Airways currently operates five return daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Kuwait, and Kuwait Airways serves Abu Dhabi with a daily service.