It’s time for more codeshare action, with British Airways and Indigo signing a codeshare agreement.
British Airways and Indigo Crew – Image, British Airways
The move will boost connections between the UK and India. Through this partnership – which sees British Airways add its code to a range of destinations across IndiGo’s network – customers can enjoy improved connectivity between Southeast Asia and Europe for travel from 12 October 2023.
IndiGo operates an extensive domestic and regional network with a fleet of A320 aircraft. All British Airways customers travelling onwards with IndiGo will be able to enjoy a complimentary meal and the UK baggage allowance in economy class via codeshare for flights to India – two checked bags up to 23 kilos per person.
In total, eight destinations are now available as codeshare options when travelling from London Heathrow via New Delhi or Mumbai, including three new destinations. These include:
- London Heathrow to Amritsar via New Delhi
- London Heathrow to Kochi via Mumbai
- London Heathrow to Ahmedabad via Mumbai
- London Heathrow to Goa via Mumbai
- London Heathrow to Thiruvananthapuram via Mumbai
- London Heathrow to Kolkata via Mumbai
- London Heathrow to Rajkot (Hirasar) via Mumbai
- London Heathrow to Vadodara via Mumbai
The agreement means that British Airways’ customers travelling, for example from Rajkot (Hirasar) to London, or transiting through Heathrow (or vice versa) will be able to connect to their destination on a single ticket.
Codeshare flights are available to book from today for travel from 12 October 2023, subject to government approval.
Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances said:
“British Airways has been flying to India since 1924, making it one of our longest-served and most valued destinations. Our partnership with IndiGo means that customers will be able to book their entire journey on one ticket, allowing seamless travel all the way from London to their final destination, offering more choice and flexibility for customers.”
Abhijit Dasgupta, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at IndiGo, said,
“We are excited to announce our codeshare agreement with British Airways. This partnership expands the choices available to British Airways customers for journeys to/from London Heathrow, using IndiGo’s extensive network in India. This step to provide seamless connectivity will not only support trade and commerce between the two countries but also offer convenient travel options to students and tourists. With burgeoning demand for international travel, we will continue to enhance international connectivity and remain committed to our promise of providing on-time, affordable, courteous, and hassle-free travel experiences to our customers.”
Growing connections, as well as services
British Airways has been increasing its reach to India, operating 56 flights a week, to five Indian gateways: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Meanwhile Indigo has been busy itself growing its A321 fleet and having orders for the XLR variant.
It won’t be the first codeshare they’ve signed – Indigo has agreements with Air France, American Airlines, KLM, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.
For passengers, it gives further options beyond their initial entry point to a country, with options to have bags checked through where they need to be at arrivals – all on a single ticket.
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