Qatar Airways seeks partnership with IndiGo
MUMBAI: Qatar Airways is keen to explore a possible alliance with IndiGo, India's biggest airline, the CEO of the fast-expanding Gulf carrier said on Monday. "We hope that on the level of the management we will begin talking to them (IndiGo)," Akbar al Baker, chief executive officer at Qatar Airways, was quoted as telling reporters at a travel show in Dubai.
"I don't want to talk about stakes. I don't have so much money to buy stakes in airlines," a Reuters report quoted him as saying. According to a Gulf News report, Baker said there is already an approach between the management of the two airlines. "IndiGo is an airline that is not for sale.
We only want to do a codeshare partnership with them," he said. An official of the Indian budget airline , however, categorically denied any engagement with Qatar at the moment.
"We can confirm that there are no such talks with Qatar," said the IndiGo official who did not want to be identified. Last month UAE carrier Etihad Airways announced a deal to pick up 24% stake in Jet AirwaysBSE 0.47 % at a hefty premium , signalling the potential seen by global airlines to expand in the through the Indian market by forging alliances with Indian airlines.