‘’We are very pleased that we have signed a commercial agreement at a very high level with Air India, which extends the existing cooperation in the transport of passengers. Therefore, Croatia Airlines, as a European regional air carrier, will get an opportunity for stronger positioning on the large and fast-growing Indian market. I believe that passengers from Croatia and India will recognize the value of our joint product and use even better choice of travel,” said Kresimir Kucko, the CEO of Croatia Airlines commenting a code share agreement with Air India.
Croatia Airlines and Air India recently signed a code share agreement on the usage of flights with shared codes of both carriers, which will come into force on the 1st of April 2017. Therefore, passengers will be able to fly a combination of Air India and Croatia Airlines services using the ticket and code of either of the two airlines.
In accordance with the agreement, the Croatia Airlines code (OU) will be on Air India flights from Frankfurt, London, Vienna, Rome and Paris to New Delhi, and from London to Mumbai. On the other hand, the Air India international code (AI) will be on Croatia Airlines flights from Frankfurt to Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split, from London to Zagreb and Split, from Vienna to Zagreb and Split, from Rome to Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split, and from Paris to Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split.
‘’Air India is honoured that Croatia Airlines, as the Star Alliance member, is our partner in the code share agreement. This partnership will enable Air India to reach destinations in Croatia thus, we are looking forward to the expansion of our relationship with Croatia Airlines in the future. Our partnership will also contribute to the further development of trade, tourism and cultural relations between India and Croatia’’, explained Seema Srivastava, Air India’s Executive Director (Strategy and Planning).
It is interesting to note that these two national air carriers, Croatia Airlines and Air India are the first and only airlines to offer services between Croatia and India.