Air New Zealand signs Code-Share with AirIndia
New Zealand tourists will have another travel option to visit the sites of India, including the Taj Mahal after Air New Zealand and Air India signed a codeshare agreement.
Air New Zealand and Air India have signed a deal to partner on services between New Zealand and India.
Through the deal Air New Zealand will codeshare on routes to several Indian cities via Melbourne and Sydney.
Fellow Star Alliance carrier Air India will also be able to access the New Zealand market on Air New Zealand services.
Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon and Air India chairman Rohit Nandan signed the agreement at the International Air Transport Association annual meeting in Miami .
Luxon said India, with its growing middle class, was an Aviation force that would increase international visitors to New Zealand.
Nearly 90,000 people travel between India and New Zealand a year, he said.
"This codeshare agreement will provide greater choice and convenience for those travelling between our two countries in both directions," Luxon said.
Ticket for the services are expected to go on sale in the next few months.
Flight Centre general manager of corporate Simon McKearney said the codeshare was an interesting decision by Air New Zealand because the airline already had access to India through its Singapore Airlines alliance.
Air India was a low cost carrier and one of the cheapest ways for New Zealanders to fly to Britain or Europe, McKearney said.
Eesha Rohida [ MBA Mktg ]
Aviation News Editor