Posted September 22, 2017

Years Later, Two GAO Ancillary Fee Recommendations Go Unfulfilled

In 2010, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, conducted a deep dive into ancillary airline fees and concluded "consumers could benefit from better information about airline-imposed fees." Read More »
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Posted September 21, 2017

TMCs, Tech Companies Up Their Game In Rapidly Growing India

When Travelport signed Indian online travel agency MakeMyTrip as a customer last month, this was no ordinary client acquisition. MakeMyTrip, which serves more than 40 million active app users and Web customers, is the No. 1 OTA in a market hotter than a vindaloo curry for the global travel management and distribution industry. Read More »
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Posted September 14, 2017

GDS Lobby Says European Commission Is 'Dragging Its Feet' On Lufthansa Surcharge Probe

The European Commission is deliberately "dragging its feet" over an investigation into Lufthansa Group’s €16 surcharge on global distribution system bookings, according to the European Technology and Travel Services Association. The GDS and online travel agency trade body is working with Members of European Parliament, or MEPs, to force a decision from the commission over whether Lufthansa's GDS surcharge breaches European regulations on computer reservations systems, a synonym for GDSs. Read More »
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Posted August 31, 2017

TravelBank Lands $25 Million To Grow Team, Enhance Small Business T&E Product

In a crowded crop of business travel tech providers eyeing the small business sector, TravelBank got a significant boost in capital this week, with $25 million in additional funding to add staff and further develop its T&E product. Read More »
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Posted August 15, 2017

ASTA, Travel Tech, Others Back Sabre's Bid For US Airways Appeal

The American Society of Travel Agents, Travel Technology Association, Travelers United and two economists are backing Sabre's appeal of the judgment in the US Airways antitrust case. Read More »
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Posted August 8, 2017

Amex GBT Uses KDS Tech To Get At Non-GDS Content

American Express Global Business Travel is making use of aggregation technology it acquired from KDS last year to bring in content that does not reside in global distribution systems, beginning with hotels. Read More »
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Posted August 3, 2017

Travelport Confirms Slow GDS Market For Q2

The global distribution system market was slow going for Amadeus and Sabre during the second quarter, but each reported slight growth in bookings. It was slower still for Travelport, which reported no growth of reported segments—including air, car and hotel bookings—processed through its GDSs on a year-over-year basis. Read More »
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Posted August 3, 2017

Delta To 'Lean In' To GDSs, Renews Full Content Deal With Travelport

Delta Air Lines has renewed its full content agreement with Travelport "on a long-term basis," the global distribution system operator announced Thursday. Read More »
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Posted August 1, 2017

Sabre Will Cut Headcount By 9 Percent

Sabre disclosed plans to reduce global headcount by 9 percent to achieve $110 million in annual cost savings. The global distribution system operator and travel IT company is "reorganizing certain functions, reducing layers of management and lowering costs to enable a more nimble, faster moving and focused organization," the company disclosed Tuesday as it reported second-quarter financial results. Read More »
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Posted July 28, 2017

Amadeus: GDS Air Bookings Slowed In Second Quarter

Worldwide airline bookings transacted on the Amadeus global distribution system rose 2 percent year over year to 141 million during the second quarter, slowing sharply from the first quarter's 9 percent year-over-year growth rate. Read More »
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