UK long-haul operator Virgin Atlantic is to extend its Indian reach through a codeshare agreement with budget airline IndiGo.

The new partnership will enable onward travel from Virgin’s flights from London Heathrow to Delhi and Mumbai.

It will initially cover seven cities in India, comprising Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa.

“IndiGo is India’s largest airline and its extensive network will offer Virgin Atlantic customers even more choice when travelling between the UK and India,” says Virgin chief commercial officer Juha Jarvinen.

Jarvinen adds that the partnership will result in “seamless connections” for onward travel across the carrier’s US network.

Virgin states that a second phase will add a further nine destinations.

These will include Kochi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Pune, Coimbatore, Nagpur, Vadodara, Indore and Vishakhapatnam.

Virgin says the codeshare will take effect from 27 September, although it remains subject to regulatory approval.

IndiGo A320 - Airbus

Source: Airbus

IndiGo’s codeshare will expand in two phases to cover 16 destinations