IndiGo Signs its First Ever GDS Agreement with Travelport

Sep 15, 2016, 06:26 ET from Travelport and IndiGo

DELHI, India and LANGLEY, England, September 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

IndiGo, India's largest domestic airline and one of the world's fastest growing low cost carriers, and Travelport (NYSE: TVPT), a leading Travel Commerce Platform, have today announced a strategic partnership which will see IndiGo distribute all of its fares and ancillary products to Travelport-connected customers worldwide. This is the first time that IndiGo has struck a deal with a global GDS, and the choice of Travelport as its distribution partner reflects the value the airline sees in Travelport's Travel Commerce Platform.   The platform offers fully integrated, industry leading merchandising capabilities and is used extensively by travel agencies in India as well as other key target markets for IndiGo.

IndiGo, which commenced operations in 2006 with a single aircraft, now operates a fleet of 112 aircraft including the new Airbus A320 Neos with 424 more on order.  Its approach has been to offer "low fares, on-time flights and a hassle-free experience".  

Through the strategic partnership with Travelport, IndiGo will place its fares, ancillary products and offers into the Travel Commerce Platform.  This distribution platform, unique to Travelport, will enable IndiGo to provide its content via an API connection, rather than the more traditional fare filing methods often favoured by network carriers, and still have their fares and ancillaries displayed, compared and booked in exactly the same way. In addition, the airline will also use Travelport's leading merchandising capabilities to bring IndiGo's brand proposition to life for travellers arriving into India and then seeking domestic flights within the country.  The distribution partnership will also help the airline reach travellers in international markets as it continues to expand its route network into destinations in the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East and South East Asia.  

Commenting on the partnership, Aditya Ghosh, President & Whole Time Director, IndiGo said: "This arrangement with Travelport will allow us to reach new customers, both at home and overseas, in a cost effective manner without incurring the traditional costs associated with participating in global distribution platforms using old style industry mechanisms and instead, enabling our real time connectivity to the GDS platform via an XML API link."

Derek Sharp, Travelport's managing director, Air Commerce, said, "It is a testament to our product leadership, geographical coverage and customer engagement that IndiGo has selected Travelport as its global distribution partner. Today's announcement is very good news for all of our connected travel agencies in India and around the world."

About IndiGo  

IndiGo is India's largest airline with a market share of 39.8% as of July 2016, as well as one of the fastest growing low cost carriers in the world (source: CAPA). IndiGo has a simple philosophy: offer fares that are always low, flights that are on time, and a courteous, hassle-free travel experience. IndiGo's On Time Performance is one of the best in India with a Technical Dispatch Reliability of 99.92%. With its fleet of 112 Airbus A320 aircraft, the airline offers 823 daily flights connecting 40 destinations - Agartala, Ahmedabad, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Dehradun, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur, Vadodara, Varanasi, Visakhapatnam. IndiGo currently operates international flights to five destinations, namely, Bangkok, Dubai, Kathmandu, Muscat and Singapore. The first international flight commenced on September 01, 2011.

As the youngest, yet fastest growing airline in India, IndiGo has flown over 135 million passengers to date.

IndiGo is led by its President and Whole Time Director, Aditya Ghosh and its promoters  include InterGlobe Enterprises Limited and Mr. Rakesh Gangwal, an aviation industry veteran and entrepreneur. InterGlobe Enterprises is a leader in aviation and travel related services‚ growing the market through innovation and service leadership.  They have built businesses and represent global brands that deliver quality and value. Established in 1989‚ with headquarters in Gurgaon‚ today InterGlobe has a network of 126 offices across 59 cities globally. InterGlobe employs more than 15,000 professionals across its businesses which include IndiGo (InterGlobe Aviation) ‚ InterGlobe Technologies‚ InterGlobe Air Transport‚ InterGlobe Technology Quotient‚ InterGlobe Hotels, and InterGlobe Established.

About Travelport (http://www.travelport.com)

Travelport is a Travel Commerce Platform providing distribution, technology, payment, mobile and other solutions for the global travel and tourism industry.  With a presence in approximately 180 countries, over 3,700 employees, and an additional 1,200 employees at IGT Solutions Private Ltd who provide us with application development services, our 2015 net revenue was over $2.2 billion.

Travelport is comprised of:

  • A Travel Commerce Platform through which it facilitates travel commerce by connecting the world's leading travel providers with online and offline travel buyers in a proprietary business-to-business (B2B) travel marketplace.  Travelport has a leadership position in airline merchandising, hotel content and rate distribution, mobile travel commerce and a pioneering B2B payment solution that addresses the needs of travel intermediaries to efficiently and securely settle travel transactions.
  • Technology Services through which it provides critical IT services to airlines, such as shopping, ticketing, departure control and other solutions, enabling them to focus on their core business competencies and reduce costs.

Travelport is headquartered in Langley, U.K.  The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and trades under the symbol "TVPT".

IndiGo Media enquiries: Sakshi Batra - Genesis Burson-Marsteller M:+91-9999796542 E: Sakshi.batra@bm.com

  Travelport media enquiries: Kate Aldridge, VP, Corporate Communications T: +44-(0)-1753-288720 M: +44-(0)-7921-698757 E: kate.aldridge@travelport.com Siobhan McCarthy, Manager, Corporate Communications, Africa, Middle East and South Asia M: +971-501070018 E: siobhan.mccarthy@travelport.com

SOURCE Travelport and IndiGo