British Airways and IndiGo announced a codeshare agreement, which would allow British Airways to add more stations to operate in India without adding more flights of their own. British Airways was already a partner with Vistara, but they’ve now added IndiGo to their mix to add more points of service to/from India.
British Airways and IndiGo signed a codeshare agreement.
IndiGo and British Airways, on September 21, 2023, announced a new agreement that will allow British Airways to add its code on a host of destinations across IndiGo’s network. The codeshare will go live for travel from October 12, 2023.
IndiGo has been a codeshare partner with Virgin Atlantic since 2022, and Vistara and British Airways have been codeshare partners since 2018. So, it was amusing to see this combination come up. For British Airways, adding IndiGo to their codeshare partnerships means that they can add three new destinations that haven’t been accessible to British Airways customers so far:
- 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 (NEW)
- London Heathrow to Kolkata via Mumbai
- London Heathrow to Rajkot (Hirasar) via Mumbai (NEW)
- London Heathrow to Vadodara via Mumbai (NEW)
The agreement means that British Airways’ customers travelling, for example, from Rajkot (Hirasar) to London or transiting through Heathrow (or vice versa) can connect to their destination on a single ticket. All British Airways customers travelling onwards with IndiGo will be able to enjoy a complimentary meal and the UK carrier’s generous baggage allowance in economy via codeshare for flights to India: two checked bags up to 23 kilos per person.
I looked up the IndiGo codeshare stations, which overlap between British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. Fortunately, I could not find any flights which would have the BA and VS codes both on the same flight, although it would be amusing, to say the least, to have them both on the same flight number. Here is one example of flights from Vadodara.
While Virgin Atlantic would route their Vadodara-originating passengers via Delhi, British Airways would route them via Mumbai.
Overall, this is a hedge against the impending merger of Air India and Vistara, apart from adding some new stations to the mix of originations/destinations for British Airways.
IndiGo is the new codeshare partner for British Airways in India (apart from Vistara). IndiGo is already in a codeshare partnership with Virgin Atlantic, and this new partnership would mean that the airline will add at least three new stations to sell tickets from/to in India. The codeshare goes into effect on October 12, 2023.
What do you make of the new partnership between IndiGo and British Airways?
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