Friday, November 25, 2016

IndiGo ties up with Travelport, aims for larger global presence

IndiGo on Thursday tied up with Travelport, a global distribution service provider that will provide the airline access to 180 countries.Global distribution systems (GDS) are tools used by
travel agents to make airline bookings.

The trend earlier was that budget airlines did not subscribe to GDS because of the higher costs but this is changing with AirAsia, EasyJet, RyanAir and Tiger signing up with GDS providers.

Full service Indian airlines Air India, Jet Airways and Vistara use GDS. SpiceJet, a budget airline, has a tie-up with GDS service provider Amadeus for corporate bookings but sources said business from that platform was negligible.

“With a fairly large presence in India, it is a logical extension of our distribution strategy to make this alliance. Through this, IndiGo has access to a global presence across 68,000 portals without spending an extra penny,” said Aditya Ghosh, president, IndiGo.

Access to the portal will be provided to domestic agents immediately and in phases for global agents from 2017.
25/11/16 Arindam Majumder/Business Standard

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