If there is no interline ticketing agreement, two separate tickets must be issued and passengers must pick up their luggage and take it to the connecting company for check-in. Interline routes such as this one are more risky for travellers, as the second airline may not be aware of inbound flight delays or problems and is less likely to authorize a toll-free change of booking in the event of a loss of the route. There may also be a problem if the baggage is lost and the traveller wishes to be sent to them later. The IATA Multilateral Interline Traffic Agreements (MITA) is an agreement under which passengers and freight use a standard transport document (i.e. passenger ticket or air travel letter) to travel on different modes of transport participating in a route to reach a final destination. For example, one of the last codeshares announced is between Lufthansa and Vistara. Lufthansa is heading to Delhi, but has no network inside India. Thanks to this codeshare, passengers from any Lufthansa destination can book in a number of new cities in India, including Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi and Pune. This is an evolution of an earlier interconnection agreement between the two airlines, which implies a deeper relationship. Don`t know the difference between codeshare and interline flights? Do you want to know how you check in, how much free baggage or other FAQs are available? Read Alternative Airlines` guide to code-sharing and interline flights. You`ll know if your flight will be part of a codeshare, as it will be displayed in Alternative Airlines search results as “Operated by.” An example of a codeshare agreement is cited below, a FinnAir flight by British Airways and an American Airlines flight by British Airways. There is therefore a codeshare between FinnAir and British Airways, as well as between American Airlines and British Airways. For participating airlines, this type of agreement can attract more passengers because it provides easy access to destinations that are not served by the original airline.
Emirates recently signed an Interline agreement with Mexico`s Interjet, which allows passengers on their new flights in Mexico City to continue flying other destinations without having to re-examine themselves or their luggage. Passengers benefit from Interline agreements in terms of cost and comfort. Many small and medium-sized cities offer a flight service, but often offer only flights to a larger turnstile port, where they are driven from a connecting flight to the final destination. Prices between the smaller airport and the hub city can be high, but an Interline ticket to the final destination is usually significantly cheaper than the sum of the two local fares. In addition, airlines automatically transfer luggage to the connecting airport.