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IndiGo inks codeshare pact with Qatar Airways for Delhi-Doha flights

The agreement will enable Qatar Airways to place its code on IndiGo flights between Doha and Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad, the companies said

Reuters  |  Bengaluru 

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Top Indian airline said on Thursday it signed a one-way codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways, letting the Middle Eastern airline get more access to the fast-growing Indian market.

The agreement will enable to place its code on flights between Doha and Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad, the said.

IndiGo, owned by InterGlobe Aviation, has about 40 per cent share of the domestic market and operates a large fleet of narrowbody aircraft.

The did not mention making an equity investment in IndiGo, despite it having long expressed interest in doing so.

chief executive Akbar Al Baker said on Tuesday the company would not buy a stake in IndiGo, CNBC-TV18 reported, citing agencies.

The deal comes at a time when IndiGo's two co-founders, Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia, have been embroiled in a dispute about corporate governance of the airline, sparking concern among investors it could have an impact on the airline's valuation and strategy.

The airline had once shunned codeshare deals to help keep costs low in line with its budget carrier model but changed its strategy as it grew to become the dominant airline in the Indian market and looked to grow international capacity.

In December 2018, as rival Jet Airways Ltd was faltering financially ahead of a permanent grounding this April, signed a codeshare deal with Turkish Airlines.

IndiGo last week placed an order for 300 Airbus A320neo family planes, including its newest jet, a long-range version of the single-aisle A320neo family called the

First Published: Thu, November 07 2019. 12:28 IST