In a recent development, leading European carriers Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) and Air France (AF) have entered into a code share agreement with Jet Airways to offer better connectivity to their passengers for destinations in Europe and India. The code share agreement is an agreement between two or more commercial airlines to share the same flight and the option of selling air tickets for that particular flight. As per the agreement with Jet Airways, KLM and AF can place their codes on the domestic flights of Jet Airways domestic flights to offer connectivity to three important Indian cities besides New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
Flights to New Destinations
With the pact signed between Jet, KLM and AF, passengers of AF from Europe to India can travel to Chennai via Bengaluru, Mumbai and New Delhi as well as Hyderabad and Kolkata via Mumbai and Bengaluru with a single ticket. On the other hand, passengers of KLM can fly with one ticket to Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad via Delhi. Talking about the code share agreement with Jet, the vice-president of AF said that the carrier is strengthening its presence in a key market courtesy the code sharing agreement.
There are 27 weekly long-haul flights of KLM and AF between India and Europe while Jet Airways operates its flights to 72 places in India and abroad, including Singapore, Bangkok, Dubai, Jeddah, Hong Kong, London, Brussels, New York (Newark), Bahrain, Toronto and Abu Dhabi.
The air tickets for these flights started from June 17, 2013 and is expected to facilitate a lot of passengers, who earlier had to purchase new tickets to fly to locations like Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata. This code share agreement between the leading carriers of Europe, KLM and AF and Jet can in a way lead to deals of more cheap domestic air tickets in India.