Global travel options provider Flix has announced plans to expand FlixBus operations in India. The first inter-city green lines are scheduled for launch in early 2024, while in H2CY23, the company plans to start its services in Chile.
A press release from Flix noted that India's increasing demand for sustainable and safe collective travel options, with online travel booking’ systems growing significantly, has been defined as a key proof point for its success in the market.
By entering the Indian market, the company aims to create a significant number of jobs and contribute to the entire country's economic growth, with the company’s business model being the main catalyst for this goal. While the company handles technology, customer service, quality management, network planning, marketing, and sales, its local partners run the day-to-day operations and driver management.
The company has already initiated the process of forming a local team in India and has appointed Surya Khurana as the Country Managing Director, who has vast experience in the mobility industry. In the coming months, Khurana and the local team, located in Delhi, will be looking for more driven employees and local bus partners to establish Flix as the leading player in the Indian market.
André Schwämmlein, Co-founder and CEO, Flix, said, “We are confident that our unique business model to work with small and medium-sized local bus partners and our technology for planning, booking operations and pricing will be a winning match also in India.” Notably, India is the 42nd market for Flix.
India is committed to alternative drives and is accelerating towards a future where collective transport is electric. This allows Flix to be a key local player in developing a sustainable travel industry, setting up infrastructure and further development in this area, Schwämmlein added.