India's Jet to codeshare on low-cost carrier flights

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Full-service Indian carrier Jet Airways is codesharing with its low-cost carrier subsidiary JetLite, a move that comes just weeks after Jet forged a codeshare deal with arch-rival Kingfisher.

Jet says in a statement that it will be placing its code on JetLite flights on key domestic roues with immediate effect and that additional codeshare services will be implemented in phases.

Members of Jet's loyalty programme will also be able to accrue points when travelling on the codehsare flights, it says.

JetLite's VP of sales, Daniel Barranger, says in the statement: "Besides offering passengers seamless connectivity and additional same-day return possibilities on several domestic sectors, this agreement is an important step towards achieving revenue synergies between the two carriers.".

He adds, that JetLite and Jet cater to different market niches.

Jet's move to place its code on some JetLite flights comes just weeks after it announced a comprehensive codeshare pact with arch-rival Kingfisher.

Airlines in India had been competing aggressively for market share but now that the domestic air travel market is shrinking, some are looking at cooperation with other carriers.