An expanded codeshare agreement between the airlines will come into effect from 25 April
Qatar Airways and Indian carrier IndiGo have announced the reactivation of their strategic cooperation following the lifting of a 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. Meanwhile, IndiGo is currently operating 154 flights per week between Doha and eight Indian cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Kozhikode and Kannur.
As part of the expanded code-share agreement, Qatar Airways will place its marketing code on IndiGo-operated flights between Doha and Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad from 25 April, and Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi and Kozhikode from 9 May.
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.”
IndiGo director and chief executive officer Ronojoy Dutta 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 the 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 increased connections to and from India, members of Qatar Airways’ loyalty programme Privilege Club will soon benefit further from the strategic cooperation by earning Avios on all code-share flights operated by IndiGo. Qatar Airways baggage rules will also apply on all code-share flights.