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Qatar Airways inks IndiGo codeshare

Qatar Airways has inked a codeshare agreement with Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo, days after it confirmed partnership plans.

Qatar Airways has inked a codeshare agreement with Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo, days after it confirmed partnership plans.

Effective immediately, Qatar will place its code on IndiGo-operated flights from Doha to Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad.

In a statement, IndiGo says Qatar is its second codeshare partner after Turkish Airlines. It notes that the codeshare agreement is “part of its growth strategy for international markets”.

On the partnership, Qatar chief Akbar Al Baker says: “We believe this agreement will be just the first step in strengthening our relationship and we very much look forward to working together to harness our complementary strengths and resources, to enhance the travel experience for our passengers around the world.”

The codeshare partnership was first confirmed on 5 November, on the sidelines of the Arab Air Carriers’ Organisation’s annual general meeting.

This would be the second major codeshare between an Indian carrier and a major Gulf region airline signed this year, after SpiceJet struck a codesharing deal with Emirates in April.

Jet Airways once had a major partnership in place with minority shareholder Etihad Airways, but it ceased operations in April amid mounting financial problems.

Cirium schedules data indicates that Qatar flies from Doha to 13 points across India. Meanwhile, IndiGo flies from seven Indian cities to Doha.