British Airways and IndiGo arrange codeshare agreement to enhance UK-India connectivity

British Airways, the UK’s flagship carrier, and IndiGo, India’s premier airline, have formalised a codeshare partnership aimed at strengthening connections between the United Kingdom and India.

This codeshare accord will help British Airways customers connect to their final destination using a single ticket. In total, eight destinations will become accessible as codeshare alternatives for travellers journeying from London Heathrow via New Delhi or Mumbai. Notably, this includes three new destinations that were previously not available through British Airways:

* London Heathrow to Amritsar via New Delhi

* London Heathrow to Kochi via Mumbai

* London Heathrow to Ahmedabad via Mumbai

* London Heathrow to Goa via Mumbai

* London Heathrow to Thiruvananthapuram via Mumbai (NEW)

* London Heathrow to Kolkata via Mumbai

* London Heathrow to Rajkot (Hirasar) via Mumbai (NEW)

* London Heathrow to Vadodara via Mumbai (NEW)

IndiGo, known for its extensive domestic and regional network, operates with a fleet of A320 aircraft. All British Airways passengers traveling on IndiGo-operated codeshare flights to India will have complimentary meals and the UK carrier’s baggage allowance in economy class, which includes two checked bags weighing up to 23 kgs per person.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘British Airways has been flying to India since 1924, making it one of our longest-served and most valued destinations. 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/from London Heathrow, using IndiGo’s extensive network in India.’

Passengers traveling between Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore can experience British Airways’ newly designed Club Suite (business class) cabin, featuring direct-aisle access, individual suite doors, and flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration.

Codeshare flights are available for booking now, with travel commencing on October 12, 2023, pending governmental approval.

Virgin Atlantic and IndiGo to offer seamless connections between UK and India with new codeshare

British carrier Virgin Atlantic and Indian airline IndiGo have entered into a new codeshare between the UK and India, offering seamless connections and enabling frequent flyers to earn more points.

Subject to approval, the codeshare flights will be available this week for booking for travel beyond September 27, 2022.

With the new codeshare, customers booking a Virgin Atlantic ticket will be able to fly on the airline’s London Heathrow to Delhi and Mumbai flights and connect to and from seven additional cities in India. Later this year the agreement will be expanded to cover a total of 16 destinations throughout India, as well as connections onto Virgin Atlantic’s extensive US network operated via London Heathrow.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented: ‘We’re thrilled to launch a new codeshare partnership with IndiGo. This summer marks our largest ever flying programme from India with three daily direct services to London and our new partnership takes our commitment to even greater heights. 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, as well as offering seamless connections for the onward travel across our extensive US route network.’

The codeshare will allow Virgin Atlantic to sell seats to passengers connecting onto IndiGo flights. The initial codeshare destinations in India include Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa, Delhi and Mumbai. The additional destinations will include Kochi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Pune, Coimbatore, Nagpur, Vadodara, Indore and Visakhapatnam.

‘It’s great news for our Flying Club too, by providing more opportunities for members to earn valuable points. This new partnership aims to respond to the large, fast-growing demand for visiting friends & relatives, leisure as well as business travellers looking for more choice between UK and India.’

Ronojoy Dutta, Chief Executive Officer and Wholetime Director, IndiGo said: ‘We are pleased to announce our codeshare with Virgin Atlantic to provide enhanced connectivity to the passengers. This will not only help offer a seamless travel experience from London to as many as 16 destinations in India, but also open up international trade opportunities throughout the country via enhanced accessibility. We look forward to having Virgin Atlantic’s customers on our lean clean flying machine, as we extend our on-time, affordable, courteous and hassle-free travel experience.’

The codeshare will also allow Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club members to earn rewards faster, with opportunities to earn both Virgin Points and Tier Points available on every codeshare with IndiGo.

Hotel Indigo opens in Manchester city centre

Hotel Indigo Manchester – Victoria Station has opened its door to guests, marking its presence in one of the UK’s largest cities.

The boutique hotel is located at the gateway to the Northern Quarter in Manchester, and is adjacent to Exchange Square, the city’s shopping district. Known for its bohemian bars, the Northern Quarter has a lively music scene, with a wide range of places to eat and drink.

Hotel Indigo Manchester – Victoria Station features 187 guest rooms. The three room designs blend Manchester’s industrial past with modern luxury. Double rooms are available from £119.

Nicholas Northam, Managing Director for the UK at Interstate Hotels & Resorts, commented: ‘We’re very proud to welcome the Hotel Indigo Manchester – Victoria Station to our growing UK portfolio. It is a truly stunning hotel that I’m sure is going to delight both leisure and business travellers alike.’

James McDevitt, General Manager, Hotel Indigo Manchester – Victoria Station, commented: ‘We are truly proud to launch Hotel Indigo Manchester – Victoria Station. The hotel is situated in a prime location for those visiting Manchester and who wish to see and appreciate the city’s artistic side. Working with local designers, the interiors reflect the creative personality of the area, whilst reinforcing this first-class hotel we have created.’

The hotel will feature a restaurant and bar, Mamucium, led by award-winning Mancunian chef Andrew Green. The 120-seat restaurant will serve a menu of classic and locally sourced food with a Northern flavour. The key attraction will be the silestone and brass bar area, as well a cafe, M Cafe, within the restored building.

There are currently 27 Hotel Indigo properties in Europe with another 17 due to open in the next 3-5 years, IHG said in its release.