With IndiGo codeshares, Qantas expands its India destinations

Australian airline Qantas will broaden its codeshare partnership with IndiGo to provide travellers with more connection options between Australia and India.

Direct flights between the two cricket-loving countries have occasionally been hard to come by despite the sizeable Indian diaspora in Australia. However, it now appears that Qantas has recovered its hunger for these flights. The largest airline in India, IndiGo, and Qantas announced on Friday, January 20, that they were increasing their codeshare agreements.

On Friday, January 20, Qantas and IndiGo announced that they were expanding their codeshare arrangements

In August of last year, Qantas travellers flying to Bengaluru and Delhi could seamlessly connect to other well-liked spots, including large cities like Mumbai and Chennai or iconic locations like Pune and Goa. Currently, Qantas offers four return flights a week from Sydney to Bengaluru and four roundtrip flights a week from Melbourne to Delhi.

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Eight more cities are now accessible to Qantas travellers under the second phase of the deal.

New Indian cities under the expanded codeshare include

  • Guwahati
  • Indore
  • Chandigarh
  • Mangalore
  • Jaipur
  • Nagpur
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Visakhapatnam

​​The destinations that were already in place are:

  • Ahmedabad
  • Amritsar
  • Bengaluru
  • Delhi
  • Goa
  • Mumbai
  • Kochi
  • Kolkata
  • Hyderabad
  • Lucknow
  • Patna
  • Pune

This means that Qantas passengers can connect to 21 Indian cities from Bengaluru and Delhi.

More than 250 new flights are now available for Qantas passengers to book, and access to the domestic IndiGo network is now more flexible.

Qantas passengers can connect to 21 Indian cities from Bengaluru and Delhi

According to Qantas Chief Customer Officer Markus Svensson, passengers have shown the new routes to India to be highly popular. The codeshare agreement with IndiGo, Svensson continued, had enhanced the travel experience for Qantas customers between Australia and India, and the new destinations will provide them with even more choices.

“Our codeshare partnership with IndiGo has improved the way our customers travel between Australia and India, and the additional destinations give travellers even more options.”

“The new codeshare flights will allow our customers to enjoy more connections across India from our Delhi and Bengaluru gateways and have their luggage checked straight through to their final destination.”

–Markus Svensson, Chief Customers Officer, Qantas

It can often be difficult to change from an international to a domestic flight, but Qantas and IndiGo appear to have planned for that and made it simple. Customers of Qantas flying on IndiGo can bring the same amount of luggage as they did on their flight from Australia and enjoy complimentary food and beverages while on the flight.

On connecting IndiGo flights operated with a QF code, Qantas Frequent Flyers can accrue and use points. Additionally, IndiGo will take into account any applicable tier-based perks, such as priority check-in and priority baggage, that are provided to Qantas Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Platinum One frequent traveller.

IndiGo will consider any appropriate tier-based benefits offered to Qantas Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Platinum One frequent traveller, including priority baggage and check-in

The extension is a good move towards strengthening travel partnerships and connections between the two nations, according to Sandip Hor, head of the Australia India Travel and Tourism Council (AITTC).

“The additional destinations will give the Indian diaspora and the Australians planning a trip to India a more flexible choice to travel to different parts of the country.”

“Through a codeshare agreement with IndiGo, India’s largest domestic carrier, Qantas is trying to increase its presence in India. So I think with time, more destinations will be added to the existing list.”

–Sandip Hor, Head, AITTC

Tanvi Goel, a travel agent in Brisbane, told SBS Punjabi that the codeshare arrangement between the two airlines would be more practical and cost-effective for Qantas passengers but also believes that the facility comes with a few caveats.

“The codeshare arrangement between the two airlines would be more practical and cost-effective for Qantas passengers”- Tanvi Goel, Travel Agent, Brisbane

“Firstly, IndiGo is a domestic carrier, and it isn’t easy for them to provide the same standard of service as an international carrier like Qantas, so they will have to up their game. Secondly, flyers travelling to destinations with no immigration desks will have to get their immigration done in Delhi or Bengaluru before flying out to their ultimate destinations. Also, they will have to change to the domestic terminal from Delhi to board an IndiGo flight.”

–Tanvi Goel, Travel Agent, Brisbane

Overall, with the codeshare agreements, the expansion will improve the overall flying experience for travellers both in India & Australia.

Source: SBS Punjabi