National, June 07, 2021: Ankur Bhatia, the Executive Director of Bird Group, passed away today morning after a massive cardiac arrest. He was 48. Bhatia is credited to have brought the Amadeus brand to the Indian sub-continent in 1994, which today provides travel technology for travel agents and airlines. Amadeus celebrated 25 successful years of operations in India in 2019.
An alumnus of King’s College, University of London, Bhatia is credited with piloting Reservation Data Maintenance (India), an IT enabled software development and service support company for managing back-end airline operations and inventory control. Bird Group’s IT services and R&D foray with Bird Information Systems (BIS) serves to provide technology and solutions to various airlines. Also, to his credit is BirdRes, a B2B distribution channel that allows the travel industry players to effectively manage all aspects of their content and payment needs in a flexible and easy to use solution according to the reports published in travel.economictimes.indiatimes.com.
Armed with in-depth understanding and thriving on extensive knowledge of the travel market as well as decades of experience in the service Industry, Bhatia had spearheaded the growth for the group in the hospitality sector under Bird Hospitality Services, to set new standards and world-class hospitality assets through Roseate Hotels & Resorts. Today, the group owns and operates properties in India and the UK.
Bhatia had been very vocal about the concerns of the travel and aviation industry and was a trusted commentator on India’s aviation and tourism industry. In March, this year, reports had stated that Bhatia had also emerged as a bidder for Air India.
Commenting on Bhatia’s demise, Ankush Nijhawan, Co-founder, TBO Group, says, “Ankur was a dear friend and one of the finest young entepreneurs of the industry and he will be truly missed by me and the trade.”
Bhatia is survived by his wife Smriti Bhatia, who is an architect, and his two kids- Arnav and Saina.