Uganda, Nov. 25 -- Kenya Airways (KQ) wants a more pan African approach to business that considers partnerships and collaboration among African airlines, according to Mr Julius Thairu, the KQ chief commercial and customer officer.

Speaking in Kampala during a port call, Mr Thairu said national carriers will benefit from such collaborations instead of competing for the limited passenger numbers.

"Our recent experience with industrial action by pilots taught us that we will benefit more from collaboration because it's African airlines that came to our rescue. In other markets collaboration is the order of the day in this business" Mr Thairu said, adding that if there is competition, it should be on customer experience and efficiencies.