By Business Reporter
AIR Namibia (SW) and Turkish Airlines (TK) have signed a codeshare agreement effective as from March 1 2017 covering routes between Turkey and Namibia, and set to expand the travel opportunities for the passengers of two airlines.
The signing ceremony which took place at Turkish Airlines’ headquarters in Istanbul was signed by Namibia Deputy Minister of Works and Transport James Sankwasa and Turkish Airlines Deputy Chairman and CEO, Bilal Ekşi.
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 / Windhoek – Frankfurt and unilateral flights of TK on Istanbul – Johannesburg / Istanbul – Frankfurt.
Also it has been considered that, when SW introduces the Windhoek – Istanbul flights in future, this codeshare agreement will be expanded by placing the code to include beyond İstanbul flights.
Sankwasa expressed his 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 he is happy for Air Namibia to conduct this codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines and also added that the deal is a crucial experience for the national airline.
Sankwasa further stated that he is confident about this cooperation which 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,” he said.
Turkish Airlines deputy chairman and CEO, Bilâl Ekşi, commenting on the agreement said: “We are pleased to sign this codeshare agreement with Air Namibia and aim to improve our partnership to maximise the travel opportunities offered our passengers through our flight networks. Air Namibia continues its expansion 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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