British Airways and IndiGo forge partnership to enhance UK-India business travel connectivity

In a significant move to enhance travel options and connectivity between the United Kingdom and India, British Airways and IndiGo, India’s leading airline, have entered into a strategic codeshare agreement.

The partnership promises to provide UK-based business travellers with improved access to a variety of destinations in Southeast Asia and Europe, starting from 12th October 2023.

Through this collaboration, British Airways will incorporate its flight code on several routes within the extensive IndiGo network.

Codeshare agreement: British Airways and IndiGo cabin crew

This development translates into enhanced convenience and connectivity options for travellers transiting through London Heathrow Airport and looking to explore a range of destinations in India.

This partnership introduces three previously unavailable destinations for British Airways customers, further expanding their horizons.

The newly accessible destinations via codeshare from London Heathrow Airport include:

  1. London Heathrow to Amritsar via New Delhi
  2. London Heathrow to Kochi via Mumbai
  3. London Heathrow to Ahmedabad via Mumbai
  4. London Heathrow to Goa via Mumbai
  5. London Heathrow to Thiruvananthapuram via Mumbai (new)
  6. London Heathrow to Kolkata via Mumbai
  7. London Heathrow to Rajkot (Hirasar) via Mumbai (new)
  8. London Heathrow to Vadodara via Mumbai (new)

Travellers can now conveniently book their entire journey, including connecting flights, on a single ticket, making for a hassle-free travel experience.

IndiGo, known for its extensive domestic and regional network, operates a fleet of A320 aircraft. British Airways customers travelling onwards with IndiGo will enjoy added perks, including a complimentary meal and the UK carrier’s generous baggage allowance in economy class. This includes two checked bags of up to 23 kilos per person.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, expressed his enthusiasm for this partnership, emphasising the long-standing relationship between British Airways and India. He stated,

Our partnership with IndiGo means that customers will be able to book their entire journey on one ticket, allowing seamless travel all the way from London to their final destination, offering more choice and flexibility for customers.

Abhijit Dasgupta, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at IndiGo, said,

We are excited to announce our codeshare agreement with British Airways.

This partnership expands the choices available to British Airways customers for journeys to and from London Heathrow, using IndiGo’s extensive network in India.

This step to provide seamless connectivity will not only support trade and commerce between the two countries but also offer convenient travel options to students and tourists. With burgeoning demand for international travel, we will continue to enhance international connectivity and remain committed to our promise of providing on-time, affordable, courteous, and hassle-free travel experiences to our customers.

British Airways’ commitment to India is evident in the fact that the airline now operates 56 flights per week to five key Indian gateways: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad.

Passengers travelling between Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore have the opportunity to experience the airline’s newly designed Club Suite in the business class cabin. This innovative cabin design offers direct-aisle access, suite doors for enhanced privacy, and luxurious flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration.

Additionally, British Airways is rolling out its first new uniform in twenty years, which will be worn by cabin crew, pilots, and check-in agents, providing a fresh and modern look to its passengers.

The British Airways and IndiGo codeshare agreement is set to transform the travel landscape for UK-based business travellers, offering increased connectivity and a seamless travel experience to a wide range of exciting destinations in India and beyond.

With British Airways’ continued commitment to the Indian market, the future looks promising for travellers seeking convenience, comfort, and choice on their journeys between the UK and India.