India’s largest online travel agency, MakeMyTrip, has signed a major new agreement with Travelport.
Under the terms of the deal with InterGlobe Technology Quotient (ITQ), Travelport’s Indian distributor, MakeMyTrip will be able to access Travelport’s GDS content, including approximately 400 airlines and ancillary services. These include India’s largest low-cost carrier, IndiGo.
MakeMyTrip acquired the Ibibo Group in January 2017, which initially gave the company access to Traveport’s content. This expanded agreement will make the content available via MakeMyTrip’s other distribution channels from the second half of 2017.
At present, MakeMyTrip receives more than 33 million monthly visits to its desktop and mobile websites, and has 40m monthly users on its mobile app.
“India is a market with enormous growth potential where Travelport, working with our distributor ITQ, has grown in air booking terms by 14% in the first half of 2017 when the GDS air market has grown by 11%,” said Gordon Wilson, Travelport’s president & CEO. “Securing a partnership with the leading online travel agency in the market, with a high growth profile and tremendous track record, gives even further impetus to our plans in the country.
“The fact that MakeMyTrip has elected to work with us is a testament to our investment in leading-edge search, shopping and booking technology alongside the significantly differentiated travel content now available on our platform for both the domestic and outbound Indian traveller,” he added.
Deep Kalra, founder, chairman & group CEO of MakeMyTrip, commented; “This is an exciting time for MakeMyTrip and we are delighted to partner with Travelport and ITQ as part of our growth strategy in the service of the travelling Indian consumer.”