SLOVENIA-BASED Adria Airways yesterday inked a codeshare pact with Air India, weeks before the planned launch of a jointly operated New Delhi-Ljubljana service.
The agreement was signed by Rohit Nandan, chairman and managing director, Air India, and Mark Anzur, CEO, Adria Airways, in New Delhi.
Said Anzur: “We will have daily flights from New Delhi to Ljubljana with a stopover in Frankfurt. Air India is the operating carrier for New Delhi to Frankfurt, and Adria from Frankfurt to Ljubljana. We are hopeful that air traffic between both countries will witness an increase with the codeshare agreement, thus strengthening our tourism ties.”
The service is expected to commence by the second week of December. Indian arrivals to Slovenia numbered 5,000 in 2012.
Adria is a member of Star Alliance, a point of significance for Air India, which is keen to join the alliance.
Air India, Aerodrom Ljubljana and Adria had previously signed an MoU in June 2012 to forge greater cooperation and improve traffic between the two countries, clearing the way for yesterday’s codeshare agreement. Earlier this year Adria also appointed Dex Aviation as its general sales agent for India (TTG Asia e-Daily, March 26, 2013).