Amadeus Increases Access to Low Cost and Hybrid Airlines

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Amadeus has this year implemented nine distribution agreements with low-cost and hybrid airlines that improves travel agents access to the inventory, schedules and fares of the over 74 million seats sold annually by these nine airlines.

Amadeus has signed new distribution agreements with Air Arabia (Maroc), Air Mditerrane, flydubai, Porter Airlines and Vision Airlines. These airlines are now bookable by travel agencies using the Amadeus system.

Porter Airlines has also signed a full content agreement along with Frontier Airlines, another North American carrier. In Europe, airberlin, Germany's second-largest airline, and Norwegian Air Shuttle, a Scandinavian low-cost airline, have extended their relationship with Amadeus and renewed their existing content agreements.

We are committed to bringing and guaranteeing Amadeus travel agents worldwide access to the most comprehensive range of fares, schedules and inventory, said David Brett, President, Amadeus Asia Pacific. Furthermore, airlines on the Amadeus system can improve margins by targeting higher yield business passengers and extending their reach into new segments - many low-cost carriers start distributing to travel agencies to pursue revenue growth.

Earlier this year, Amadeus also implemented a solution that enables Germanwings to deploy e-ticketing services to travel agencies but without adding complexity to its operations. All travel agencies using Amadeus can now make bookings, issue tickets and carry out post-sales trip changes for Germanwings flights. The booking and ticketing process is seamlessly integrated into the travel agents workflow and mid and back-office systems.

The easier it is for a travel agent to access a low-cost carriers content the higher booking volumes that LCC will attain, Brett said.

Total bookings on low-cost carriers by travel agencies using Amadeus in the first half of 2011 increased by 21% compared with the first half of 2010.

Approximately 70 low-cost carriers are now bookable within the Amadeus system, including AirAsia, easyJet, Virgin America and WestJet.

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