IndiGo (6E), which is India’s biggest domestic airline company, and Turkish Airlines (TK), which flies to 222 countries, recently announced a codeshare and mutual cooperation agreement.
According to AviationTribune, the signed codeshare and mutual cooperation agreement between the two carriers, the effectiveness of which is subject to all necessary Board and regulatory approvals, will enable both carriers to provide advanced flexibility of choice to customers to fly on services to India, Istanbul, and beyond.
This agreement is IndiGo’s first international codeshare agreement, and it opens new international destinations to the airline.
Because of the agreement, Turkish Airlines will offer new destinations in India where IndiGo operates flights, while IndiGo customers will have an opportunity to reach many of the European destinations in Turkish Airlines’ large network. This reciprocal arrangement will allow TK and 6E to provide additional connections to their customers and will enable them to share facilities like check-in counters and lounges. IndiGo will place its flight code “6E” on 20 services operated by Turkish Airlines beyond Istanbul. On the other hand, Turkish Airlines will use its code, “TK,” on IndiGo-operated flights within India.
“We are very excited to be launching our first codeshare with Turkish Airlines: apart from supporting our upcoming direct services to Istanbul, this strategic partnership will expand the choices available to our customers for journeys beyond Istanbul, using Turkish Airlines’ extensive network. It will become possible for our customers to book itineraries into many cities in Europe on IndiGo, using Turkish Airlines and experiencing their renowned in-flight service,” said Rahul Bhatia, Director and Interim CEO of IndiGo.
“We are very happy to host new operators in our main hub Istanbul, and IndiGo will be the first Indian carrier starting flights to Turkey which is very welcome. We believe that it would be a great opportunity to improve our cooperation with our new Codeshare partner IndiGo, which will provide new services and destinations for our passengers traveling to/from India,” said Bilal Ekşi, CEO and Deputy Chairman of the Board at Turkish Airlines.
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