Codeshare agreement with Virgin Atlantic to help further expand the network: IndiGo

As IndiGo has signed a new codeshare deal with Virgin Atlantic, its head of global sales, Vinay Malhotra, said on Wednesday such a move would allow the airline to further expand its network.

The codeshare with Virgin Atlantic is IndiGo’s seventh. It already has similar agreements with Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Air France, KLM, Qantas and American Airlines.

“This codeshare will allow us to further expand IndiGo’s ever-expanding network. IndiGo and Virgin Atlantic will make it easier for passengers to travel to India, the US and the UK,” Malhotra said, adding that travelers from the US and UK will be able to fly to multiple destinations in India with a single ticket, and likewise, travelers from India will fly seamlessly to the US and UK on our two airlines.

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The codeshare partnership means customers booking a Virgin Atlantic ticket will be able to fly on the airline’s London Heathrow flights to Delhi and Mumbai and connect to and from seven additional cities in India.

The deal will allow Virgin Atlantic to sell seats to connecting passengers on IndiGo flights. Initial codeshare destinations in India include Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa, Delhi and Mumbai. Additional destinations will include Kochi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Pune, Coimbatore, Nagpur, Vadodara, Indore and Visakhapatnam.

“Starting with nine, then moving to 16 domestic points, then gradually to four international points – Dhaka, Colombo, Kathmandu and Male – it’s surely a win-win (for both airlines),” Malhotra said. Codeshare flights will be available this week for booking travel beyond September 27, subject to government approval.

“In the booming post-pandemic aviation market, this partnership will allow our customers to enjoy even more business and leisure destinations. We are indeed committed to developing this code sharing over time,” added Malhotra.

IndiGo currently serves 74 domestic destinations and 26 international destinations. The airline currently operates about 1,600 flights per day, of which 150 are international and operates international flights from 16 airports across India.

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