Nahimah Ajikanle Nurudeen
Air Namibia (SW) and Turkish Airlines (TK) have signed a codeshare agreement that will be effective from March, this year.
The new partnership covers routes between Turkey and Namibia and it is set to expand the travel opportunities for the passengers of two airlines.
The signing ceremony took place at Turkish Airlines’ Headquarters in İstanbul were witnessed by the Namibia Deputy Minister of Works & Transport, Sankwasa James Sankwasa and Turkish Airlines’ Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bilal Ekşi , who signed the deal in the presence of senior officials from both sides.
This new codeshare agreement is bound to broaden the commercial partnership between two companies and their respective countries. At the same time, passengers of both airlines will be given more travel options between Namibia and Turkey.
Under the terms of the agreement, Air Namibia and Turkish Airlines are planning to place codes on unilateral flights of SW on Windhoek – Johannesburg v.v. / Windhoek – Frankfurt v.v., and unilateral flights of TK on İstanbul – Johannesburg v.v. / İstanbul – Frankfurt v.v.
Also it has been considered that, when SW introduces the Windhoek – İstanbul v.v. flights in future, this codeshare agreement will be expanded by placing the code to include beyond İstanbul flights.
Sankwasa expressed their satisfaction with this commercial partnership with a well-established and rapidly growing carrier like Turkish Airlines, which enjoys a broad route network.
He also expressed that they are happy to conduct this codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines and also added that the deal will be a crucial experience for them, stressing that he was confident about the cooperation, which, he said, will be fruitful for both sides and will be enlarged very soon.
“Air Namibia is a small airline and in order to improve its competitiveness in this high competitive industry, it is important to have a strategic partner, as Turkish Airlines who placed on the top to become a partner with. We believe that this will be just one of the many areas of cooperation between Turkish Airlines and Air Namibia,” Sankwasa further stated.
In his comments, Ekşi also said that Turkish Airlines was pleased to sign the codeshare agreement with Air Namibia aimed at improving our partnership to maximise the travel opportunities offered its passengers through its flight networks.
He said: “Air Namibia continues its expanding successfully, and we believe that this partnership between Turkish Airlines and Air Namibia will bring benefit to both carriers, not only from a commercial perspective, but also in cultural interactions between Turkey and Namibia while promoting business travel between two countries.”
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