The country’s largest airline IndiGo and British carrier Virgin Atlantic on Wednesday, August 31 announced a codeshare agreement. Passengers can book codeshare flights this week for travel from September 27, subject to government approval.
The agreement will allow Virgin Atlantic to sell seats to passengers connecting onto IndiGo flights. The codeshare agreement will help both airlines in expanding their access to customers flying to destinations which are serviced by either of them.
The initial codeshare destinations in India include Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa, Delhi and Mumbai.
The additional destinations will include Kochi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Pune, Coimbatore, Nagpur, Vadodara, Indore and Visakhapatnam, a release said.
Under the codeshare partnership, customers booking a Virgin Atlantic ticket can fly on the airline’s London Heathrow to Delhi and Mumbai flights and connect to and from 7 additional cities in India.
“We’re thrilled to launch a new codeshare partnership with IndiGo. This summer marks our largest ever flying programme from India with three daily direct services to London and our new partnership takes our commitment to even greater heights. IndiGo is India’s largest airline and its extensive network will offer Virgin Atlantic customers even more choice when travelling between the UK and India, as well as offering seamless connections for the onward travel across our extensive US route network. It’s great news for our Flying Club too, by providing more opportunities for members to earn valuable points. This new partnership aims to respond to the large, fast-growing demand for visiting friends & relatives, leisure as well as business travellers looking for more choice between UK and India.”Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Atlantic
Later this year, the release said the release will expand the agreement to cover 16 destinations throughout India, as well as connections onto Virgin Atlantic’s extensive US network operated via London Heathrow.
Meanwhile, IndiGo passengers will be able to connect to Virgin Atlantic’s extensive United States network operated from London. Virgin Atlantic currently serves San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Austin, Tampa, Orlando, Miami, New York, Boston, and Washington D.C.
“We are pleased to announce our codeshare with Virgin Atlantic to provide enhanced connectivity to the passengers. This will not only help offer a seamless travel experience from London to as many as 16 destinations in India, but also open up international trade opportunities throughout the country via enhanced accessibility. We look forward to having Virgin Atlantic’s customers on our lean clean flying machine, as we extend our on-time, affordable, courteous and hassle-free travel experience.”Ronojoy Dutta, Chief Executive Officer, IndiGo
Codesharing allows an airline to book its passengers on its partner carriers and provide seamless travel to destinations where it has no presence.
As part of the codeshare, Virgin Atlantic will also offer free-of-cost shuttle services between different terminals at Delhi airport for its customers.
IndiGo already has codeshare agreements with Air France-KLM, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, American Airlines and Qantas.