Thursday, April 12, 2012

Virgin Australia, SilkAir Codeshare to Offer Flights to India

Virgin Australia seems to be all set to roll out flights to India in code share alliance with SilkAir. SilkAir is a fully-owned and operated regional carrier of Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia wants to make the most of its business alliance with SQ.

India is a popular holiday destination in most parts of the world and it makes good business sense for Virgin Australia to offer flights to India. Moreover, the increasing clout of Indian economy makes the country a viable market for even business travellers.

If reports doing rounds in Australian media are to be paid heed to then a Virgin Australia’s spokesperson has substantiated the story that few SilkAir flights between Singapore and India have been earmarked for Virgin Australia code sharing, something that is confirmed by the listing in the global distribution system (GDS) used by tour and travel agents and reported by Airline Route.

Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram are the seven destinations that may see flights in code share with Virgin Australia and Silk Air. Almost each of these cities is a renowned holiday destination and beckons many around the world to seek cheap flights to India. Few like Hyderabad are also top business hubs and are sure to lure corporate executives.

Having hubs at Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne airports, Virgin Australia already has a code share with SilkAir on the newly launched Singapore-Darwin service, which began operating in March, along with Singapore Airlines’ flights to Singapore, China and South Africa.


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