IndiGo, India’s largest airline and British Airways, the UK’s second-largest, have announced a new codesharing partnership, expanding the number of destinations accessible to customers of the UK flag carrier flying from London Heathrow. 

Eight destinations are included in the partnership, all from London Heathrow via New Delhi or Mumbai, with three being new to British Airways: Thiruvananthapuram, Rajkot (Hirasar) and Vadodara, all via Mumbai. 

With Imperial Airways, one of the companies that would become British Airways, conducting flight routes to India during the British Empire in the 1920s, the airline described the UK as one of its “longest-served and most valued destinations”.

Abhijit Dasgupta, senior vice-president of Network Planning and Revenue Management for IndiGo, added: “This partnership expands the choices available to British Airways customers for journeys to/from London Heathrow, using IndiGo’s extensive network in India. 

“This step to provide seamless connectivity will not only support trade and commerce between the two countries but also offer convenient travel options to students and tourists.” 

The partnership also expands on British Airways’ post-pandemic growth in the country, with the number of flights by the airline from London to India now exceeding pre-pandemic levels at 56 flights a week. 

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In addition to the three new destinations, the IndiGo partnership will also include Amritsar, via New Delhi and Kochi, Ahmedabad, Goa and Kolkata, via Mumbai. 

Flights under the codeshare agreement are available to book now and will begin operating on October 12, 2023, following government approval. 

A partnership with British Airways is just the latest move for IndiGo, which has been expanding its presence in India this year, including commercial aviation’s largest single purchase agreement placed earlier this year with Airbus, which will see the airline buy 500 A320 aircraft.