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IndiGo to offer 19 new connecting flights to Portugal and Switzerland in partnership with Turkish Airlines

IndiGo has announced that it is now offering 19 new connecting flights to Portugal and Switzerland via Turkey as part of its codeshare partnership with Turkish Airlines.

New connecting flight options

IndiGo is now offering connecting flights from Delhi to Portugal and Switzerland. This includes travel on IndiGo aircraft from Delhi to Istanbul and on Turkish Airlines’ aircraft from Istanbul to the specified destination in either country. The same will also be available on flights from Mumbai when the airline starts flying to Istanbul from Mumbai from 1st January 2023.

The new destinations included in Portugal and Switzerland as part of this expanded codeshare partnership are:

  • Porto, Portugal
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • Geneva, Switzerland

The full flight schedule of available codeshare flights to/from Istanbul is attached below.

Codeshare flights available to/from Istanbul.
Photo: IndiGo

We have witnessed a huge demand for travel from India to Turkey, Switzerland, and Portugal. Keeping the customer demand in mind, we now offer 19 connecting flights through Istanbul to destinations like Geneva, Lisbon, Porto, and Basel. This will not only enhance international connectivity but also add capacity on these routes and make travel more affordable. We will strive to stay true to our promise of affordable fares, on-time performance, courteous and hassle- free service.

said Vinay Malhotra, Head of Global Sales, IndiGo.

Portugal offers some of Europe’s most pristine beaches with turquoise water surrounded by sandstone cliffs and curiously formed rock formations. Major tourist attraction is the capital Lisbon, the city of Porto, Odemira, Faro and the city of Sintra. There is a lot to do in Portugal, from visiting old castles and palaces to surfing at the Atlantic Ocean Coastline. The old village of Sortelha, the Pena Palace, the Castle of the Moors, the historic fishing town of Cascais and the waterfalls of the Azores are among the things you must see if you are travelling to Portugal.

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Switzerland, considered to be the ‘Paradise on earth’ is a beautiful, tourist-attracting country. While it is most famous for its ski resorts during the winter, it is beautiful all year round. The Alpine mountains stretch across the Balkans to France, making Switzerland the perfect skiing destination. The lakes and cities are also must-visit places in Switzerland, but the most special ones are the towns. These flights will not only promote international tourism, trade, and commerce, but also make travel affordable to these destinations through direct connections and additional capacity. Snow-capped mountains, pristine beaches, delicious food, rich culture, architectural marvels, Christmas markets, winter festivals, and of course, New Years’ celebrations will make Europe magical and more appealing to the travellers.

On the other hand, Turkey serves the interest of travellers fascinated with history who frequently visit the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, the Cappadocia rock valleys, the pure white travertine terraces of Pamukkale, and the ruins of the former Armenian capital Ani and much more. Attractions like Hagia Sophia Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar, Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum and Istanbul Cevahir Mall are amongst the bucket list of every traveller. The city has a unique mixture of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture, appetizing middle eastern food, and pleasant weather.

Expanding international presence

This will be the first time that IndiGo, although virtually as a codeshare partner of Turkish Airlines, will be visible in the European countries of Switzerland and Portugal.

IndiGo has ordered the Airbus A321XLRs (Extra Long Range) for international expansion. They are scheduled to be delivered 2024 onwards but it remains to be seen whether that timeline will be achievable or not, given that Airbus has delayed the entry-to-service of the aircraft type by a quarter of a year.

Till then, IndiGo will have to continue to expand its existing codeshare agreements with various airlines like Turkish Airlines, Air France-KLM, Qantas, Virgin Atlantic etc in order to include new international destinations in its network.

It’s good to see IndiGo analysing the travel demand and optimising its network to include more codeshare destinations with partner airlines, making it easier for travellers to reach their destination.

Featured image by IndiGo

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