Posted November 3, 2017

Air France-KLM Announces €11 Per-Way GDS Surcharge, NDC API

Air France-KLM plans to launch a New Distribution Capability-based application programming interface in January 2018. As expected, it also will introduce an €11 per-way surcharge on global distribution system bookings, effective April 1, 2018. On the same date, Air France-KLM will release an online booking portal for travel agencies. Read More »
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Posted October 30, 2017

Travel Industry Weighs Its Own GDPR-Compliant Code Of Conduct

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, effective May 2018, encourages industry segments to draw up codes of conduct to govern how relevant businesses could apply the regulation. Will a code of conduct emerge for travel? Read More »
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Posted October 13, 2017

Travel Companies Face More Uncertainty Over Data Transfers From EU

The future of standard contractual clauses, a mechanism heavily used by travel service providers and other companies to lawfully transfer European Union citizens’ data to the U.S. and other countries, has been thrown into question after a ruling by the Irish High Court. The court decided Oct. 3 to ask the European Court of Justice to review whether these clauses are valid, considering the U.S. government's less stringent treatment of personal data. Read More »
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Posted October 2, 2017

HRG To Avoid IAG's GDS Surcharge In Some Markets, More Agency Exemptions To Come

Sister airlines British Airways and Iberia have announced a "New Distribution Capability related agreement" that exempts Hogg Robinson Group from their distribution surcharge of €9.50 per fare component set to take effect Nov. 1. Read More »
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Posted September 25, 2017

Trainline For Business Launches Single API For International Rail

U.K. domestic corporate rail booking provider Trainline for Business has marched into the product territory held by SilverRail after launching a single application programming interface for international rail. 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 18, 2017

European Air Payment Is In Flux On Multiple Fronts

The Beat reported this month that airline members of the International Air Transport Association will vote in November on whether to accept travel agencies' own payment cards for tickets. It's one of several major issues transforming how travel management companies handle air payments, especially in Europe. 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 September 6, 2017

IATA Airlines Will Vote On Lifting Ban On Agency Card Payments

Travel agents accredited by the International Air Transport Association could be allowed to pay airlines using their own cards for the first time if carriers approve a significant change to the association's contentious Resolution 890. Read More »
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Posted May 26, 2017

BA And Iberia Announce GDS Surcharge

International Airlines Group carriers British Airways and Iberia finally announced to the travel trade this morning a long-expected charge for bookings through indirect channels such as global distribution systems. Read More »
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