UK’s flag carrier British Airways (BA) has signed a codeshare agreement with Airlink, a regional airline in South Africa.

Airlink has bases in the South African cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban.

The carrier operates a network that spans 14 nations, including Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia, in addition to South Africa.

Airlink managing director and CEO Rodger Foster said: “This is an important next step in our partnership with British Airways, which has a phenomenal global reach into the most important markets for our region.

“The marriage of our two networks will benefit both British Airways’ and Airlink’s customers, giving them even more choice with a wide range of itinerary options and connectivity possibilities.”

With this partnership, BA passengers travelling through London can connect to their final destination through Cape Town or Johannesburg using a single ticket.

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This is said to offer BA passengers more options and flexibility when travelling to one of 18 destinations, which include Windhoek, Namibia; and Durban, South Africa.

The UK flag carrier currently operates two flights a week between London Heathrow and Johannesburg with A380 aircraft, and twice a day between London Heathrow and Cape Town with B777 and A350 aircraft.

It flies three times a week between London Gatwick and Cape Town with B777 aircraft.

The agreement between the two airlines aims to enhance connectivity between the UK, Europe, North America and more than 15 destinations in Southern Africa.

British Airways Network and Alliances director Neil Chernoff said: “Our flights to Cape Town and Johannesburg continue to be as popular as ever with our customers, so we’re pleased to be able to open up more options in the Southern African region.

“Our partnership with Airlink means that customers will be able to book a full journey on one ticket, allowing seamless travel all the way from London to their final destination.”