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ABU DHABI, 3rd October, 2016 (WAM) -- Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has signed a new codeshare agreement with kulula, South Africa's low cost carrier, to build its presence in Africa.

The codeshare deal offers Etihad Airways customers flight options to a number of key cities in South Africa, including Cape Town, Durban, George and East London via Johannesburg.

Etihad Airways will place its EY code on kulula's scheduled flights between Johannesburg and these popular coastal cities. The agreement allows guests access to through-check-in and baggage transfer to their final destination.

The new codeshare services will go on sale from today, with travel from the start of the Northern Winter schedule on 30th October.

The agreement with kulula brings the total number of destinations that Etihad Airways serves across the continent to 23 through its existing codeshare partnerships with Kenya Airways, Royal Air Maroc, and strategic equity partner, Air Seychelles.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said, "This new codeshare agreement demonstrates Etihad Airways' growing ambitions to strengthen our operations across Africa. Through the agreement, kulula will give inbound passengers direct access from Johannesburg to four key destinations along South Africa's renowned coastline, and I am certain the extended reach offered through this partnership will appeal to business and leisure travellers alike."

Erik Venter, Chief Executive Officer of kulula's parent company, Comair, said, "We are delighted to be adding Etihad Airways to our growing list of strategic airline partnerships and are excited about exploring additional opportunities to expand on the relationship. We look forward to welcoming Etihad Airways' customers on board our flights."

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