In 2019, Qatar Airways and IndiGo initiated a two-ways codeshare agreement, which was pretty short-lived for the time, given the pandemic. Now, it is back.
Qatar Airways and IndiGo reactivate strategic cooperation
Qatar Airways and IndiGo have now announced the reactivation of their strategic cooperation following the lifting of the suspension on international scheduled flights by the Indian government.
Qatar Airways is currently operating 190 flights per week to and from 12 destinations in India, namely Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Kozhikode, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa, Kolkata, and Thiruvananthapuram.
IndiGo is currently operating 154 flights per week between Doha and eight cities in India including Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Kozhikode, and Kannur.
As part of this expanded code-share agreement, Qatar Airways will place its marketing code on IndiGo operated flights between Doha and Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, starting from April 25, 2022, and Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kozhikode, starting from May 9, 2022. Twitter user @Cpt_T88 posted some screenshots of the updated options available.
Both Qatar Airways and IndiGo flights are connected to Qatar Airways’ hub in Doha. This allows passengers to connect seamlessly to the airline’s entire route network, including North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia/Australia.
On this occasion, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said:
The reactivation of our strategic partnership with IndiGo is another milestone in the development of aviation between the State of Qatar and India. Together, both Qatar Airways and IndiGo will offer over 340 flights per week to 13 destinations in India. Never before has our partnership with IndiGo been stronger and the resumption of our strategic cooperation demonstrates the resilience, agility and commitment both partners have shown in overcoming the challenges of the pandemic.
Mr Ronojoy Dutta, Wholetime Director and Chief Executive Officer, IndiGo added
We are excited to reactivate our code-share agreement with Qatar Airways, one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines. We are confident this strong partnership will not only expand opportunities for the customers but also boost trade and tourism in both countries. With the easing of restrictions, we believe that this will create economic growth through IndiGo’s seamless nationwide connectivity. We look forward to serving customers on our lean, clean flying machine, as we extend to them our on-time, affordable, courteous and hassle-free travel experience.
In addition to faster and more convenient connections to and from India, members of Qatar Airways’ loyalty programme Privilege Club will soon be able to earn Avios on all code-share flights operated by IndiGo. Likewise, Qatar Airways’ baggage rules, which are especially important for international travellers apply on all code-share flights.
While I’ve personally not used the Qatar Airways/IndiGo codeshare agreement, I can vouch for the fact that it is a lifesaver in many circumstances. For instance, Shipra used the codeshare flights between Mumbai and Doha pre-pandemic to shorten her layover in Doha significantly, and the same on the return leg as well.
IndiGo and Qatar Airways have restarted their cooperation between India and Qatar, which means you can book flights between the two countries, and onwards from Doha on IndiGo’s website and vice versa. This could be very useful in circumstances where you are facing a significantly full flight on Qatar Airways, or want to fly to a place where Qatar Airways does not fly.
What do you think of the return of the codeshare between IndiGo and Qatar Airways?
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