Air France-KLM and IndiGo on Thursday, December 23 announced that they have entered into a codeshare agreement that allows each airline to sell seats on the other’s flights.
With this new partnership, Air France and KLM will offer their customers access to 25 new Indian destinations, a joint statement mentioned. This means that once the codeshare agreement comes into force, Air France-KLM group will be able to sell seats, on its distribution system, of IndiGo flights on 25 domestic routes.
Similarly, IndiGo will also be able to sell seats on the European airline group’s flights on more than 250 routes, the joint statement noted.
A codeshare agreement is a business arrangement in which two or more airlines publish and market the same flight under their airline designator and flight number as part of their published timetable or schedule.
From their hubs in Paris and Amsterdam, Air France and KLM operate flights to four Indian cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru.
“Subject to government approval, this cooperation (codeshare) will start in February 2022,” the statement mentioned.
IndiGo had in September also announced that it has entered into a code-sharing agreement with American Airlines, which will help place the latter’s code on 29 of IndiGo’s domestic routes in India. IndiGo also has codeshare agreements with Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways.
Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23, 2020. However, limited passenger flights have been operating between India and approximately 32 countries, including France and the Netherlands, under the ‘air bubble’ arrangements.