October 4. Flying to southern African countries will be easier through a newly announced United Airlines codeshare agreement with South African regional carrier Airlink.
The new agreement, which is subject to government approval, will offer one stop connections from the U.S. to more than 40 destinations in Southern Africa. The list includes cities in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, among others countries in the region.
United will be the first airline to connect its loyalty program with Airlink, allowing MileagePlus members to earn and redeem miles when they travel on Airlink flights. This new partnership will be in addition to United’s existing partnership with Star Alliance member South African Airways.
Airlink formerly operated flights as an SAA franchise operator, but has been operating under its own brand since last year. SAA resumed flights earlier this month after a year-long break as it worked on a financial restructuring severely impacted by the pandemic.
Currently, United Airlines offers direct service to four African destinations, and earlier this month, United announced flights between Washington, D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria, which is scheduled to begin on November 29, subject to government approval.
Source: Travel Noire