Flybe, a European regional airline, has entered into a codeshare partnership with Air India, enabling the national carrier to place its ‘AI’ code on Flybe flights in the UK.
Under the terms of the deal, travellers flying with Flybe from cities including Belfast, Edinburgh and Glasgow will be able to book flights through to Delhi via Birmingham Airport.
“Our new codeshare agreement with Air India is another exciting development for Flybe and tangible evidence of our continued growth,” said Saad Hammad, Flybe’s CEO.
“We can now give customers in the UK regions convenient access to the Indian subcontinent through Birmingham Airport. This relieves them of the need to undertake long road or rail journeys to and from the UK’s congested south east hub airports. It will also serve in contributing further to local economies by encouraging inbound travel from Southeast Asia.”
Passengers can book the codeshare flights through the Air India website from 10 May 2016, for travel from 1 June 2016. Members of Air India’s frequent flyer programme will also be able to earn mileage points for flights carrying the AI flight numbers.
Ashwani Lohani, chairman & managing director of Air India, commented; “[The] United Kingdom is the residence of large number of Indian diaspora. However, this codeshare agreement will be a huge benefit not only to the Indians living in UK but also to tourists travelling to and from domestic sectors of the UK and India.”