Silk Way West Airlines has signed an interline agreement with Kenya's Astral Aviation to expand its footprint into Africa
Under the agreement, Al Maktoum International Airport of the UAE, also known as Dubai World Central, will function as the key transit point for cargo.
Silk Way West Airlines will carry shipments from its network to Dubai, handing them over to AstralAviation’s flight to Nairobi, where shipments will connect with their respective networks.
The agreement will see a reciprocal arrangement for Astral Aviation with its base in Nairobi, so that its flights across the African continent will join up with the Silk Way West Airlines’network.
Silk Way West Airlines said the deal will enable it to broaden its network into Africa, where it currently has no scheduled services.
The networks of the two carriers will complement each other, as there are a number of markets where the airlines do not overlap, the company added.
Johnny Rubio, chief commercial officer for the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East and Africa at Silk Way West Airlines, said: “It is another success for us having such a large network across the African continent.
"The benefits of this interline agreement are of great interest. In cooperation with Astral Aviation, we expand our footprint into Africa."
Sanjeev Gadhia, Astral Aviation’s chief executive officer said: “We will continue to forge new alliances and partnerships during the pandemic in line with our philosophy of promoting cooperation and collaboration with airlines and all members of the supply chain, as this will enableour respective clients to benefit with better options and connectivity from our respective networks.”
Astral Aviation operates scheduled and non-scheduled/ad-hoc cargo charters to regionaldestinations in Africa and to Liege in Belgium.
Its main base is Jomo Kenyatta International Airportin Nairobi. Currently, Astral Aviation has two round-trip flights per week connecting Nairobi with Dubai World Central.
Silk Way West Airlines is the largest cargo airline in the Caspian Sea region. Based at HeydarAliyev International Airport, the airline operates around 350 monthly flights across Europe, Asia and the Americas.