Etihad Airways (EY) and EgyptAir (MS) have expanded their codeshare, with sales coming into effect today for travel from May 2. This broadens the destination reach of the codeshare across Africa, north Asia and Australia.

This expansion is Phase Two of an agreement launched in March 2017, which saw the airlines sharing codes for flights between Abu Dhabi and Cairo. This phase will see Etihad Airways placing its code on EgyptAir flights to destinations including Ndjamena, Nairobi, Khartoum, Entebbe, and Johannesburg and, subject to government approvals, on flights to Nigeria, Eritrea and Tanzania, through the Star Alliance carrier’s Cairo hub.

EgyptAir will see its code on Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi to Seoul, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney and, subject to government approvals, on flights to China.

Etihad Airways CEO, Peter Baumgartner, says: “EgyptAir is one of the oldest and most experienced airlines in the region, with a major presence in cities across the African continent. The forging of closer codeshare ties between our two airlines means unprecedented access to many new gateways for Etihad’s customers while bolstering our services to markets we already serve, such as Kenya and Tanzania, by connecting easily through Cairo on to EgyptAir‘s African network.”

Chairman and CEO of EgyptAir Holding Company, Safwat Mussalam, added: “One of EgyptAir’s strategy pillars is successful co-operation with our partners to enhance and expand our reach beyond our network. The expansion of co-operation between EgyptAir and Etihad Airways will give our customers seamless access to major cities in Australia and South Korea.”

EgyptAir operates up to three daily services on the Abu Dhabi-Cairo route, which Etihad Airways has been serving since 2004.