Foreign Airlines Seek More Market Access via Air India

Foreign Airlines Seek More Market Access via Air India

Foreign Airlines are seeking greater market access from India, in return offering a share of their onward traffic to overseas destinations served by state owned Air India. TAP Portugal, LOT Polish Airlines, Air New Zealand, Turkish Airlines, Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Adria Airways The Airline of Slovenia, Air Astana of Kazakhstan and Siberia Airlines, which operates as S7 Airlines, have initiated moves for code sharing arrangements with Air India. Code sharing allows an airline to book passengers on the Flights of a partner airline and provide seamless transport to multiple destinations where it doesn’t Fly. We are planning several code shares over the next few months. Many are on the brink of being sealed. Some airlines are seeking
additional rights which will require change in air service agreements,said an Air India official, who declined to be named. Air services agreements, which are signed between governments, would need to be tweaked to allow more services or seats on Airlines that ply between destinations in any two countries. Turkish Airlines, for example, is considering a code-sharing arrangement with Air India that will allow the latter to feed European traffic to its non-stop Flight from Delhi to Australia. 

It will give Air India passengers seamless options to connect with Flights to north Africa and eastern Europe. In return, Turkish Airlines wants more Flying rights. The airline has sought seven additional Flights to India per week, said Ali Genç, a spokesman for Turkish Airlines, in an email from Istanbul. HWe have already informed our CAA  concerning our demands on our Flights to India and we know the negotiations between the respective authorities of both countries are continuing. We assume that a positive conclusion of our request will be beneficial not only for Turkish Airlines but for the civil aviation industry of our both countries, Genc added. Air New Zealand has a code sharing arrangement with Singapore Airlines Ltd which it wants to extend to India. Air India, which has started Flights to Australia, wants to do a code share for its Sydney Flights with Air New Zealand. Egypt Air, which Flies to Mumbai, wants to have a domestic code sharing agreement with Air India so it can sell Cairo-Delhi Flights via Mumbai with Air India operating the Mumbai-Delhi leg.

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