May 16 2023  |  Airline & Terminal News

SAUDIA and Kuwait Airways unite in codeshare partnership

By Reedah Hayder

Passengers of both airlines will enjoy increased alternative flight options across each other’s network

Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) and Kuwait Airways have announced a codeshare agreement aimed at enhancing connectivity and convenience for both their passengers.

The agreement was formalized in a signing ceremony held at SAUDIA’s headquarters in Jeddah. Under the codeshare cooperation, both airlines will place the marketing code of the other airline on their respective flights operating between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, as well as on other routes within the alliance. However, the implementation of the agreement is subject to obtaining all necessary approvals.

“We are delighted to partner with Kuwait Airways and give their guests the opportunity to experience SAUDIA’s world-renowned hospitality onboard,” said SAUDIA CEO, Captain Ibrahim Koshy, in a May 15 press release. “We look forward to further growing our relationship with this important partner and offer a better value proposition for guests, with more seamless travel experiences.”

In addition to the codeshare arrangement, SAUDIA and Kuwait Airways have agreed to expand their Interline Cooperation, with plans to implement the expanded collaboration during the summer.

The codeshare agreement is expected to foster a stronger bilateral and strategic partnership between the two airlines, enabling them to offer more competitive and cost-effective services to their passengers.

Currently, SAUDIA operates four daily flights to transport passengers between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, while Kuwait Airways operates six daily flights on the same route.

Passengers can look forward to enjoying the benefits of codeshare flights, including seamless connectivity, the convenience of baggage transfer, and the advantage of having their entire journey managed by a single airline — from ticket purchase to arrival at their final destination. Even further, travellers of both SAUDIA and Kuwait Airways will have increased flight options across the combined network of the two airlines.

“We welcome SAUDIA as our Strategic Codeshare partner,” said Eng. Maen Razouqi, Chief Executive Officer of Kuwait Airways, in the same press release. “The new beginning of this Codeshare partnership will support Kuwait Airways and SAUDIA operations between the two countries, beyond routes and allow more travel options, facilities for the public as well as a seamless transfer for both their Business and leisure travel. Passengers will be able to book directly on these flights through our offices, website, application and agents’ reservation system.

“We aim in providing the best-expanded network choice to our customers either organically or through your partnerships with esteemed airlines like Saudi. Furthermore, this Codeshare Partnership will not only enhance the relationship between the two airlines but also the strong relationship between the two brotherly States, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. On this occasion, I would like to thank Captain Ibrahim Koshy, SAUDIA CEO and both the teams for their efforts in making this Codeshare/Interline Agreements effective.”

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