Flight Shop, the leisure brand of Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG), Australia, in India, today opened its first retail store in Ludhiana. With the launch of this store, FCTG, Australia now has 16 operational Flight Shop stores across India. The new Flight Shop store in Ludhiana, aims at re-defining travel experience from the region by focusing on both tailor-made vacations and group holidays catering to different customer segments in the city.
Spread over 900 sq. ft., the Flight Shop outlet in Ludhiana is located at a prime location of Pakhowal Road, and will cater to the needs of upmarket urban consumers - families, business travellers, honeymoon couples and groups of travellers. The new retail outlet will offer travellers Flight Shop’s entire range of products and services - Domestic and International Flights, Customised and Group Holidays, Hotels, Car Transfers, Visa, Cruise holidays, Honeymoon holidays, Adventure holidays and more.
According to an Ernst & Young India study titled ‘India’s Growth Paradigm: How markets beyond metros have transformed’, Ludhiana is projected to be as one of the emerging 42 new wave cities in the country. As the largest city in Punjab and a major industrial center in North India, Ludhiana witnesses large volumes across outbound, inbound and domestic sectors for both business and leisure travellers.
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Shravan Gupta, Executive Director - Leisure Businesses, FCM Travel Solutions India (the Indian arm of Flight Centre Travel Group, Australia) said, “It gives us immense pleasure to launch our first retail store in Ludhiana. At Flight Shop, we are extremely thrilled to extend our offerings of unbeatable deals and our expertise in providing unmatched travel experiences to our customers in the city”.
He further added, “Punjab is a key market for us, the trio of Chandigarh, Jalandhar and Ludhiana together accounts for high travel volumes from the region. An affluent city with high disposable income, Ludhiana is catching on to the trend of two to three trips a year. We see the city as a high potential market with significant travel spends across leisure and business setors. USA and Canada being the most popular destinations amongst travellers from Punjab, while vogue cities like London and Paris also witness a large number of holiday bookings”.
Flight Shop has expert travel consultants who are passionate about travel and have insider tips and personal recommendations for every holiday. Backed by the strength of a robust global network and expertise in designing travel experiences – Flight Shop delivers unbeatable holidays to the destinations of one’s choice.
Flight Shop’s current footprint extends to 16 stores across Mumbai, Delhi, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi and Ludhiana via a combination of owned branches and newly opened franchise outlets. FCTG, Australiaplans to open 50 more Flight Shop stores across the country in the next two to three years.
Address: Flight Shop, 654/1 – Ground Floor, Main Pakhowal Road, Opposite Green Florist, Ludhiana.
Established in the early 1980s, Flight Centre Travel Group, headquartered in Australia, is one of the world’s largest travel companies. Listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, FCTG today, has an annual turnover of more than 19 billion AUD. The group has company-owned operations in 14 countries and a corporate travel management network that spans more than 90 countries employing over 19,000 people globally and a portfolio of 40 brands.
The 3500-crore Indian arm, registered in India as FCM Travel Solutions is one of the top leading travel companies in India and operates an extensive portfolio of businesses across leisure and corporate travel and forex, the brands being: FCM Travel Solutions and Corporate Traveller (corporate travel management), Flight Shop and Travel Tours (leisure travel), FCM MICE (incentive travel and events) Travel Money India (foreign exchange), FCM InComing (inbound travel) and Travel Air Representations (travel trade representations).
Flight Shop is the wholly owned subsidiary of Flight Centre Travel Group, Australia. FCTG, Australia forayed into the leisure business in India in 2007 with their flagship leisure stores under the Flight Shop brand name. With steady expansion and an ambitious growth plan, there are currently 16 Flight Shop stores in India across Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Baroda and Cochin, with more new stores planned in the near future. Flight Shop stores are staffed by highly trained travel consultants who specialise in creating tailor-made holidays for customers. Flight Shop helps plan holidays and book flights, hotels, tours, cruises and more.