British carrier Virgin Atlantic and India’s largest airline in terms of market share and fleet size, IndiGo have announced a new codeshare partnership between the UK and India with an aim to offer seamless connections and increased opportunities for frequent flyers. The codeshare flights will be available for booking for travel beyond September 27, subject to government approval.
The codeshare partnership will mean flyers booking a Virgin Atlantic ticket will be able to fly on the airline’s London Heathrow to Delhi and Mumbai flights and connect to and from seven additional cities in India. Later this year the agreement will be expanded to cover a total of 16 destinations throughout India, as well as connections onto Virgin Atlantic’s extensive US network operated via London Heathrow.
The agreement will allow Virgin Atlantic to sell seats to passengers connecting onto IndiGo flights. 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.