South African Airways and RwandAir have signed a codeshare agreement covering operations on the Johannesburg-Kigali route from 7 December.
The Rwandan carrier will continue to operate a daily service between the two cities, while SAA will market the route. SAA passengers will also be able to connect to RwandAir’s network via OR Tambo International airport.
The Johannesburg hub is "a well-known hub for most African and world travellers", says John Mirenge, chief executive of RwandAir. "To date, we do not have many optimal hubs within the region that support the network of multiple airlines."
He adds: "This codeshare agreement helps us develop Kigali as a new hub, furthermore connecting it with other existing hubs like [OR Tambo] and allowing the two airlines to join their respective networks."