In a groundbreaking development, Air India, in collaboration with AccesRail, an esteemed International Air Transport Association travel partner, has ushered in an era of unparalleled travel convenience. Passengers flying with Air India will soon have the remarkable opportunity to embark on an uninterrupted odyssey encompassing more than 100 European cities and towns, including those not served by conventional airports.
This revolutionary intermodal agreement between Air India and AccesRail promises to redefine the way travelers experience Europe. With a single ticket, Air India passengers will gain access to a vast network of European destinations, transcending the constraints of traditional air travel.
What sets this arrangement apart is the seamless integration of bus and rail services into the air travel experience. Remarkably, passengers will retain the same baggage allowance throughout their journey, from the departure gate to the final European destination. Thus, the exploration of Europe need not pause upon disembarkation; instead, it commences as soon as one enters the European gateways.
Which European realms can be explored with this all-encompassing ticket?
This extraordinary offering will empower passengers to traverse an array of European nations, including Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Key European gateways facilitating this unprecedented journey include Amsterdam, Birmingham, London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Milan, and Vienna.
The intermodal ticket confers access to an extensive array of bus and rail services, including Avanti West Coast (U.K.), National Express (U.K.), Trenitalia (Italy), ÖBB Austrian Railways (Austria), SNCB Belgian Railways, and Thalys (Netherlands/Belgium).
Drawing inspiration from Vistara’s successful collaboration with WorldTicket earlier this year, offering integrated travel experiences via Deutsche Bahn rail services from Frankfurt to Germany, Air India has taken a substantial step in bolstering connectivity between Europe and India.
Nipun Aggarwal, Chief Commercial & Transformation Officer of Air India, affirmed, “The expansion of our global network is one of our key priorities in the ongoing, comprehensive transformation of Air India. This partnership with AccesRail not only helps us provide our guests easy access to an extended network of destinations across Europe but also bridges the gaps in connectivity between India and Europe.”
Initially, these intermodal tickets will be exclusively available through global travel agents, with plans in place to extend the booking facility through Air India’s sales channels in the near future.
This innovative collaboration represents a remarkable leap forward in the realm of travel, offering passengers an unprecedented level of convenience and accessibility in their exploration of Europe.