Lufthansa seeks more code-share partnerships with airlines in India

Lufthansa (DE:LHAG) has announced it is seeking to partner with more airlines in India for code-sharing agreements, the company said.

Additional code-sharing would expand Lufthansa´s presence in the country.

Lufthansa is focusing on growing its network in India in part because of the grounding of the country´s biggest private carrier Jet Airways (NS:JET) which stopped flying in April after running out of cash.

The German airline, which already has a code-share agreement with state-run carrier Air India, has an interline agreement with Vistara, a full service carrier owned by the Tata Group and Singapore Airlines (SI:SIAL), which it is keen to expand, Alain Chisari, vice president, Asia Pacific, Lufthansa Group, said.

The German group is encouraged by the growth in passenger numbers flying to international destinations from India. India´s outbound passenger number grew to 25.5 million a year in 2018 from 18.4 million in 2015.