Wataniya Airways, Kuwait's only premium airline, today announced it has signed code share and interline agreements with Austrian Airlines, Austria's national carrier. These agreements will now provide Wataniya Airways' guests with numerous travel options adding 19 new European convenient connecting destinations via Vienna. Starting October 31st, guests will be able travel from Kuwait to Vienna International Airport and automatically transfer to onward Austrian Airways flights to European destinations using one single ticket. An additional major benefit to Wataniya Airways guests from the new partnership agreements is their baggage when checked in at Wataniya's exclusive Sheikh Saad Terminal in Kuwait will be automatically routed through to their final European airport arrival destination, allowing for a seamless travel experience for the guest. The agreements also allow Austrian Airlines guests to travel to Kuwait onboard Wataniya Airways.
Abdulsalam Al Bahar, Wataniya Airways Chairman and Managing Director, said in a press conference today announcing the new partnership: "We are absolutely delighted to make this important and strategic announcement today. Our single-minded focus is to provide the very best services possible to our guests and we couldn't have found a better partner than Austrian Airlines. Today is certainly another important and significant step forward for Wataniya Airways and for its loyal guests
"Since we launched regular direct flights to Vienna in 2010, the service has become one of our most popular routes. Vienna is at the very heart of Europe and, with less than two hours transit time at Vienna International Airport to other European destinations, it is an ideal gateway for our valued guests. Our new code share and interline agreements with Austrian Airlines means our guests can now travel with greater convenience and comfort to a much larger number of European cities and destinations than ever before."
Andreas Bierwirth, member of the Executive Board of Austrian Airlines said: "We are very pleased to have partnered with Wataniya Airways. We believe this is an ideal partnership for Austrian Airlines and Wataniya Airways, allowing both our companies to provide a broader choice of services and destinations to our valued clientele in Europe and the Middle East." Wataniya Airways operates three weekly flights between Vienna International Airport and their exclusive Sheikh Saad Terminal in Kuwait, The nineteen new destinations the agreement adds to Wataniya Airways' route list features such cities as London, Paris, Milan, Zurich, Geneva, Brussels, Sofia, Prague and many more. Wataniya Airways is introducing its new code share agreement with attractive lead-in fares starting from KD99 return.
In addition, on 31st Oct Wataniya Airways will be also launching further direct codeshare flights between Beirut and Vienna with Austrian Airlines, allowing Wataniya Airways' guests in Beirut to travel to seven new destinations from Beirut to Vienna and beyond.