Date : Oct 05, 2018, 06.27 PM IST
Sources : economictimes.indiatimes.com
National carrier Air India and Air Seychelles signed a codeshare agreement allowing Air India to offer flight connections to Seychelles and Johannesburg and providing domestic connections to Seychelles’ national carrier.
“Under this new codeshare agreement, Air India will place its “AI” code on Air Seychelles regional services between Mumbai to the Seychelles and Johannesburg. In turn, Air Seychelles will place its “HM” code on Air India domestic services to eight cities including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Kochi, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Trivandrum and also on its international services between Mumbai and Bangkok,” Air India said in a media statement.
“India has a huge latent market for leisure travel owing to the burgeoning middle class and rising disposable incomes. As per government statistics, the Indian air market in 2017-18 carried 62 million international passengers and is poised to grow at 12.4 % . The Inbound arrivals into India for 2017 stood at 26.89 million passengers registering a growth of 8.8%. Not only are Indians travelling to international destinations more; the average spend on travel too is on the rise,” PS Kharola, Chairman and Managing Director of Air India was quoted in the press statement.
Air India said that this partnership with Air Seychelles will enable their customers have a direct access to Seychelles. “Our vast domestic network will ensure a seamless travel experience from all parts of India to the direct flight between Mumbai and Seychelles,” the airline said.
“Apart from providing services to the beautiful islands of the Seychelles, guests travelling from India can also enjoy seamless connection in less than three hours over the Seychelles to Johannesburg,” Remco Althuis, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles was also quoted in the press statement.