EgyptAir one of Africa’s largest airlines with a network covering Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa is continuously looking for new opportunities in the market and for new ways to grow.
The National Airline has partnered with Oman Flag carrier Oman Air in signing a pioneering codeshare agreement on flights between Cairo, Egypt and Muscat, the capital of Oman, with the commitment geared towards the restart of air travel and the expansion of destinations offered to customers.
This new codeshare agreement opens a wide variety of new opportunities for both carriers focusing on connections between their hubs. Travellers from Muscat will now have easy access to EgyptAir’s domestic destinations including: Sharm El-Sheikh, Luxor, Aswan, and Hurghada, as well as Casablanca in Morocco among EgyptAir’s international network.
Similarly, travellers from Cairo will have easy access to popular Oman Air domestic destination of Salalah as well as international destinations Karachi (Pakistan), Colombo (Sri Lanka), and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).
Abdulaziz Al Raisi, chief executive officer Oman Air said: “Egypt has a remarkable, long-standing history in the MENA region and enjoys a strong international presence as a Star Alliance member. The codeshare agreement with Oman Air offers guests from Muscat more options for discovering Egypt, whether for business or leisure, and plays a vital role in the travel restart endeavours of both airlines.”
Amr Abu El-Enein, EgyptAir Holding chairman & CEO, said: “Signing this agreement between two partners with special attributes like EgyptAir and Oman Air will further add more benefits for both airlines’ customers. EgyptAir was the first airline in MENA to join IATA and our deep industry expertise has allowed us to successfully overcome many obstacles throughout our history.”
A codeshare agreement is a business arrangement in which two or more airlines publish and market the same flight under their own airline designator and flight number (the “airline flight code”) as part of their published timetable or schedule. Typically, a flight is operated by one airline (technically called an “administrating carrier”) while seats are sold for the flight by all cooperating airlines using their own designator and flight number.
By Victor Shalton Odhiambo