Indian budget carrier IndiGo has struck its first GDS distribution deal with Travelport.
The agreement will see India’s largest domestic airline offer fares and ancillary services to Travelport-connected agents worldwide.
It is the first time that IndiGo has struck a deal with a global GDS.
The airline has a fleet of 112 aircraft, including new Airbus A320neos, with 424 more on order.
The distribution partnership will help the airline reach travellers in international markets as it continues to expand its route network into destinations in the Indian Sub-continent, the Middle East and South East Asia.
Travelport’s travel commerce platform distribution will enable IndiGo to provide its content via an API connection, rather than more traditional fare filing methods often favoured by network carriers, and still have its fares and ancillaries displayed, compared and booked in exactly the same way.
The airline will also use Travelport’s merchandising capabilities to bring IndiGo’s brand proposition to travellers arriving in India and then seeking domestic flights within the country.
IndiGo president, Aditya Ghosh, 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 air commerce managing director, added: “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.”