A report by The Times of India (TOI) says that Air France-KLM wants to expand its codeshare partnership with a budget airline, IndiGo for some of its overseas flight network as well. Currently, many of IndiGo’s domestic destinations are part of its codeshare deal with Air France-KLM.
The majority of UK and European routes are already under consideration by Indigo with just one consumer channel through a codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines. Additionally, if the Turkish codeshare provides a gate for Indigo Airlines, it also looks into potential opportunities to extend to the US. If its international destinations generate excellent earnings for it in the near future, it will also be looking to purchase wide-body aircraft.
The European airline consortium is eager to expand the collaboration to include Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal, three nations that border India. As a result, the airlines would be able to provide travelers with more options from their bases in Paris and Amsterdam. Claude Sarre, GM (Indian subcontinent) for Air France-KLM, is quoted by TOI as saying,
Together, Air France and KLM offer more than 40 weekly flights to India, stopping in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Chennai, which are all major destinations. The firm has 22% more flights to India than it had last summer, and Hyderabad is also a possibility.
Air France and KLM would also have open connections to Air India, but they already have agreements with Singapore Airlines. As a result, Indigo would be a good fit for helping India generate enough traffic to reach its European destinations.
Air France-KLM and IndiGo signed a codeshare arrangement last summer to give them access to some of the Indian major domestic destinations, including Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Pune, and Hyderabad. This was done to take advantage of the developing Indian aviation market.
Additionally, it will be subject to some restrictions based on the pre-existing routes that are currently connected to Turkish Airlines. Air France-KLM is attempting to expand into India in a number of ways, including through a codeshare with IndiGo.
It was previously speculated that the airline group would also partner with Air India to purchase the government-owned MRO firm AI Engineering Services Limited (AIESL). Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, and Air France-KLM are all eager to participate in the bidding process.