Paytm plans to sell 10 million monthly tickets across booking of flights, train and bus tickets in 2017

New Delhi, Aug 25: Driven by the persistent growth in flights, trains and bus ticketing, Paytm attained an important share of the online travel market of India within a very short span of time. Around more than 3 million passengers  booked their travel tickets on Paytm in May 2017, majority of the bookings are coming from tier II and tier III cities. The company is looking forward to further establish itself as a leading player with an aggressive target to book around 10 million monthly travel tickets in 2017.

Paytm has been able to effectively address the needs of mobile-only travelers across India. The company had launched flight and rail ticket bookings in July and October last year respectively. Within months of launch, it has seen a massive surge in bookings – emerging among the top three players in flights and the largest for tickets, after IRCTC.

Today more than 93 percent of its rail bookings come from the app, and its travel offerings are vastly popular across cities like Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Goa and Jaipur among others. This growth has been largely driven by Paytm’s strong penetration in non-metros coupled with product disruptions like insurance against bus ticket cancellation, zero cancellation-processing fee on flight tickets and instant refunds among others.

“We are excited about the overwhelming response received over the last 12 months. This year, we want to target further three times growth as we work towards achieving a dominant position in the country’s fast growing online travel market,” said vice president – Paytm, Abhishek Rajan. “Our efforts are focused on building superior travel booking experiences that customers love,” added Rajan.

Paytm is the first horizontal major to enter online travel, a segment hitherto dominated by vertical players. In January this year, Paytm’s travel business crossed USD 500 million annualized GMV run rate, while booking 2 Mn tickets per month. The company is targeting USD two billion annualized GMV run rate by Mar 2018. It has chosen Bengaluru as the base for its travel business and is looking to ramp up its travel team to 250 in the coming months. (ANI)