IndiGo, on Wednesday, November 23, under its codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines, began offering flights to Portugal and Switzerland via Turkey.
A Codeshare Agreement is an agreement between two or more airlines to publish and market the same flight using their own airline designator and flight number as part of their published itinerary or schedule. The codeshare agreement enables Turkish Airlines and IndiGo to promote the same flight using their respective identifying codes.
According to IndiGo, the new routes would provide passengers looking to fly between India and Europe over the forthcoming holiday season with new options and more capacity. According to the airline, both business and leisure travellers will be catered to.
“We have witnessed a huge demand for travel from India to Turkey, Switzerland, and Portugal. Keeping customer demand in mind, we now offer 19 connecting flights through Istanbul to destinations like Geneva, Lisbon, Porto, and Basel. This will not only enhance international connectivity but also add capacity to these routes and make travel more affordable. We will strive to stay true to our promise of affordable fares, on-time performance, and courteous and hassle-free service.”–Vinay Malhotra, Head of Global Sales at IndiGo
These places are well-known for having breathtakingly beautiful tourist locations all year round.
Portugal has some of the cleanest beaches in Europe, with a blue sea with sandstone cliffs and oddly shaped rock formations all around. Major tourist attractions are the capital Lisbon, the city of Porto, Odemira, Faro and the city of Sintra.
Switzerland, known as “Paradise on Earth,” is a stunning, popular travel destination. It is stunning all year round, despite the fact that during the winter it is most well-known for its ski resorts. Switzerland is the ideal place to go skiing because the Alpine Alps extend all the way through the Balkans to France.
Christmas markets, winter festivals, stunning beaches, rich culture, architectural wonders, and of course, New Year’s celebrations will make Europe spectacular and more alluring to tourists.
According to the airline, these flights would not only advance global tourism, trade, and commerce but also lower the cost of travel to these locations thanks to direct links and increased capacity.
IndiGo’s passenger operations are not the only ones expanding internationally; the airline’s freight division, known as IndiGo CarGo, is also expanding. Airbus A321 P2F aircraft are now in service with the airline, and a second one will be added in December.
On Tuesday, November 22, it completed its maiden international mission between Kolkata and Yangon in Myanmar, transporting general cargo with a payload of more than 19,000 lbs.
“We are thrilled to expand IndiGo CarGo operations to international shores with its flight between Kolkata-Yangon. Both cities are major commercial hubs, and freighter service between them will bolster the supply chain between India and Myanmar. We anticipate that the business will expand over the next few months as we expand our freighter fleet and add new destinations to our CarGo network.”–Mahesh Malik, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo CarGo
The airline will benefit financially from having a dedicated cargo fleet from IndiGo, which will also enable it to serve markets like China, Vietnam, the Middle East, and some CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) nations.