Monday, May 15, 2023

Indian aviation market ‘booming’; keen to expand codeshare routes with IndiGo

Bullish on the “booming” Indian aviation market, European airline major Air France-KLM is keen to expand routes and capacity as well as increase its codeshare routes with IndiGo, according to senior executives.

Air France-KLM, which has increased its seat capacity by 22 per cent compared to 2022, operates up to 46 weekly flights connecting four Indian cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai.

“We want to increase capacity, routes… We would like to expand with IndiGo… the ambition is to do more international (flights),” Claude Sarre, General Manager – India subcontinent at Air France-KLM, told PTI.

Plans are under discussion in this regard, he added.

Codesharing allows an airline to book its passengers on its partner carriers and provide seamless travel to destinations where it has no presence.

India is one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets and Air France KLM Group recorded passenger traffic of one million on Indian routes in 2022.

Post the coronavirus pandemic, Sarre said air traffic demand is increasing and that the “aviation industry is booming in India”.

Earlier this week, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines introduced the ‘premium comfort class’ on flights between various Indian cities and Amsterdam.

15/05/2023 PTI/Financial Express

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