Cleartrip

Cleartrip (previously known as Cleartrip Travel Services Private Limited) is a global online travel company, headquartered in Bangalore, India.[1] The company operates an online travel aggregator website for booking flights,[2]train tickets, hotel reservations, and activities in India and the Middle East countries. It holds offices across India, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Global online travel company

Cleartrip Pvt. Ltd.
Type of business Online travel agency
Type of site
Private
Available in English
Founded July 2006; 15 years ago (2006-07)
Headquarters Mumbai, Dubai
Area served Worldwide
Owner Flipkart (80%) Adani Group (20%)
Founder(s) Stuart Crighton
Matthew Spacie
Hrush Bhatt
Key people
  • Ayyappan Rajagopal (CEO)
  • Aditya Agarwal (CFO)
  • Mrugendra Shintre (CPTO)
  • Prahlad Krishnamurthi (CBO)
  • Kunal Dubey (CMO)
  • Ajay Sreedhara (CPO)
Industry Travel
Technology
URL cleartrip.com

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Cleartrip was founded in 2006 as a hotels and air aggregator by Stuart Crighton, Hrush Bhatt, and Matthew Spacie. Seeing the fragmentation that existed in the Indian travel and hospitality sector, the founders decided to enter the online travel space.[3]

Cleartrip also operates Cleartrip for Business,[4] an online corporate travel management tool; Agent Box,[5] a travel tool for travel agents; and Cleartrip Mobile,[6] a travel booking app for mobile devices. In 2012, it launched new services such as Quickeys, a hotel booking application[7] and other journey planning services.[8][9][10]

In April 2012, Cleartrip launched iOS app with a split-screen search feature to enable round-trip search results. Its app also came with geo-location feature to choose the airport for departure from the current location. The search platform of the app also allows users to swap the from and to cities with a tap. The app also runs on both IOS and Android.[11]

In January 2013, Cleartrip brought air, rail and bus tickets to Apple’s Passbook.[12][13] The same year the company undertook a massive UI redesign project, Tuxedo where every field in the website was thought through in terms of placement, display, action.[14]

In 2014, Cleartrip Mobile was recognized as part of Apple’s Best of 2014 Trends of the year and also featured as the ‘Editor’s Pick.[15][16]

In 2015, Cleartrip became the first Indian online travel agency to feature on Apple Watch[13] and by the end of 2015, its app traffic had overtaken web traffic and accounted for 59 per cent of its total traffic.[17] By May 2016 nearly 75% of Cleartrip’s traffic was coming via mobile.[18]

In April 2018, Cleartrip launched an Arabic version of its website to target the growing Arabic community in the GCC region.[19]

In May 2018, Cleartrip launched an app for Amazon‘s Alexa voice assistant that enables Alexa users to voice search air travel options.[20][21]

With gross booking value of $1.4 billion and revenues worth of $110 million,[22] Cleartrip has annual growth of over 40% in MENA, driven by the increasing shift from offline to online.[23]

In 2018, Cleartrip was named as one among the only two companies that followed the GDPR and allowed users to delete personal information associated with their accounts.[24]

In June 2020, Cleartrip announced the launch of TravelSafe – an initiative that allowed customers to get information of the latest travel restrictions on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.[25][26]

Since the acquisition of Cleartrip by Flipkart, the company has participated in the Flipkart Big Billion Day event in October 2021.[27][28] It has signed up Anil Kapoor as its brand ambassador.[28]

The company has announced its plan to expand its workforce by 50% by March 2022.[29]

In October 2021, Cleartrip appointed former Myntra executive Ayyappan R as its new CEO.[30][31]

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