Following a steep 80 per cent jump in its codeshare passengers so far this year, private carrier Jet Airways today said it will spend more energies to increase its interline and codeshaing model to build business as well as the brand in the global markets. The country’s largest international airline, which has 19 (rpt) 19 codeshare partners, claims that adding more codeshare partners has worked well for the airline as it has the second largest network from the country after the national carrier Air India.
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Apart from the codeshare and equity partnership with Etihad, Jet has codeshare with the Dutch carrier KLM which connects 12 North American cities and 26 European cities, and similar arrangement with Air France also links similar number of destination on these two sectors, while the codeshare with the largest American carrier Delta offers connectivity to 14 American cities.
“What we are looking at is not building more hubs but more gateways. We will focus more on this model as creating a hub is more costly and time-consuming. Going forward, we will focus more on our five gateways of Abu Dhabi, London, Paris, Singapore and Amsterdam (which is its European hub),” Gaurang Shetty, whole-time director of the Naresh Goyal-run airline said here today.
Its domestic hubs are Mumbai and New Delhi.
“Key focus will market will be Singapore, which will be our gateway to Far East and Southeast Asia as well as the key market of Australia, for which we are actively working with Quantas Airline now,” Shetty said.
On the importance on codesharing and interline partnerships, he said, “over 80 per cent of our interline sales are on codeshare partner airlines. One in 10 passengers on our flights connects from or to a partner airline now.”
Reeling out its own internal numbers, Shetty said Jet’s codeshare traffic has surged from 6,50,000 passengers in 2013-15 to 1.22 million in 2014-15. Further, in 2015-16, the volume touched 2.1 million.
“Our interline volumes have grown 121 per cent since 2013-14 and so far this year it has clipped past 80 percent,” said Shetty.
While Jet’s traffic grew to 4.7 million in the January-September 2016 from 4.2 million in the entire 2015, a growth of 11.8 per cent, Jet-Etihad combine saw volumes jump 17.8 per cent to 7 million from 6 million in the same period.
With 29.3 per cent market share in Indo-British sector and 22.6 per cent in India-Gulf sector, Jet-Etihad is by far the largest international carrier from the country, he said