Global travel retailer Flight Centre Limited has boosted its presence in India by expanding into the country’s emerging leisure travel sector.
The company, which operates successfully in India through its corporate travel business FCm Travel Solutions, has today opened its first leisure travel shop in the country.
The shop is located in New Delhi and will trade under the Flight Shop banner.
Flight Centre Limited global managing director Graham Turner said entry into the Indian leisure travel market represented the company’s first international expansion in the leisure sector since opening in the United States in 1999.
Mr Turner said the new business would give Flight Centre Limited leisure travel shops in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and India.
He said Flight Centre Limited also had a presence in more than 50 other countries, including company-owned businesses in China, Hong Kong and Dubai, through its rapidly expanding FCm Travel Solutions corporate travel network.
“Developing a leisure travel presence in India is a small and strategic investment for Flight Centre Limited and is in line with the company’s strategy of growing in new geographies,” Mr Turner said.
“We see potential to provide a valued service to the leisure travel market and to build on the success we have experienced in the corporate travel sector in the country.
“With the Flight Centre name unavailable in India, we believe that the Flight Shop branding appropriately conveys the company’s services to the Indian market.
“Subject to the business’s performance, we expect slow but steady growth in this market in the future.”
Flight Shop outlets will operate alongside the FCm Travel Solutions business, which is headed by Rahul Nath. FCm’s vice president, Gaurav Luthra will head the leisure operation.