EUROPE- Tata-owned Air India (AI), the prominent international airline of India, has established an intermodal interline agreement in collaboration with AccesRail to enhance connectivity options for Air India passengers throughout Europe.
This strategic partnership particularly benefits travelers in regions with limited access to airports, including smaller cities.
Air India AcessRail Partnership
Under this agreement, Air India passengers can avail themselves of a unified intermodal ticket that facilitates seamless travel by incorporating train and bus connections within over 100 cities and towns across Austria, Belgium, Germany, The Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
This connectivity is established through Air India’s European gateways, such as Amsterdam, Birmingham, London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Milan, and Vienna.
An additional advantage of this collaboration is that Air India passengers utilizing the rail or bus services offered by AccesRail will enjoy the same baggage allowance as they would on Air India flights.
AccesRail is an IATA travel partner with its designated code (9B). This enables the convenience of single-ticket intermodal journeys for passengers.
Nipun Aggarwal, the Chief Commercial & Transformation Officer at Air India, emphasized that expanding the airline’s global network remains a key priority as part of Air India’s ongoing comprehensive transformation.
Aggarwal noted that the collaboration with AccesRail plays a pivotal role in providing passengers with convenient access to an extended array of European destinations, effectively bridging connectivity gaps between India and Europe.
Aggarwal also pointed out that adopting an intermodal approach to network expansion aligns with Air India’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
Andrew Popescu, the Vice President of Business Development at AccesRail, expressed excitement about the launch of the cooperative venture between Air India and AccesRail.
He anticipates a continued partnership with Air India on a global scale, collaborating with various intermodal rail and coach partners.
Popescu highlighted that through this enhanced collaboration, Air India can offer its customers a wider range of destinations and opportunities more seamlessly, both now and in the future.
Air India’s partnership with AccesRail encompasses a wide-ranging network of rail and bus operators, which includes prominent names such as Avanti West Coast, Great Western Railways, London North Eastern Railways, and National Express in the UK, as well as Trenitalia in Italy, ÖBB Austrian Railways in Austria, SNCB Belgian Railways, and Thalys serving Netherlands and Belgium.
Presently, travelers have the opportunity to book intermodal tickets featuring Air India through global travel agents.
The airline intends to gradually expand this service to encompass its own sales channels in the future.
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