In a significant development, international airlines Air France and KLM along with Indian low cost carrier IndiGo announced on Thursday that they have entered into a codeshare pact, which allows each airline to sell seats on the other’s flights.
With this pact, Air France and KLM will offer their customers access to 25 new Indian destinations, a joint statement mentioned.
This means that once the codeshare agreement comes into force, Air France-KLM group will be able to sell seats, on its distribution system, of IndiGo flights on 25 domestic routes.
Similarly, IndiGo will also be able to sell seats on the European airline group’s flights on more than 250 routes, the joint statement noted.
In a codeshare agreement, each airline on its distribution system can sell seats of other’s flights. From their hubs in Paris and Amsterdam, Air France and KLM operate flights to four Indian cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru.
“Subject to government approval, this cooperation (codeshare) will start in February 2022,” the statement added further.
IndiGo also has codeshare agreements with Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways and American Airlines.
Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23, 2020 after the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak. However, limited passenger flights have been operating between India and approximately 32 countries, including France and the Netherlands, under ‘air bubble’ arrangements.