As the world tunes in to the risk of contagion and air travel's role in its spread, the U.S. government this year has moved to collect via airlines additional passenger contact details for Covid-19 contact tracing and other public health purposes.
British Airways in recent weeks has expanded the long-haul routes on which it sells additional price points exclusively through direct channels and New Distribution Capability-based connections, according to BA notices to agents.
As air travel skids along the bottom of a deep demand depression, all eyes are peeled for signs of recovery. When will passenger levels return to pre-Covid-19 levels? What shape will recovery take? Are there green shoots? Where are they sprouting?
A few corporate booking systems, including Corporate Travel Management's Lightning, Serko's Zeno and TripActions, are presenting at their points of sale ATPCO Routehappy's data feed on airline-specific cleanliness and health and safety protocols.
Altour will move away from the Radius Travel network of travel agencies, founder and CEO Alexandre Chemla said in an interview, as Altour and Travel Leaders Corporate plan to consolidate their respective travel management company businesses under the Altour flag.
The airline industry has been collaborating across the distribution chain to enable automated overrides of fare rules, offering carriers and travel management companies easier unused ticket management. American Airlines said the new functionality will be ready in global distribution systems in the coming weeks.
A Delaware chancery court has been asked to decide whether would-be investors in American Express Global Business Travel can pull out of their agreement in the wake of travel industry devastation wreaked by Covid-19. A key question, according to court documents unsealed this week, is whether Amex GBT's backers are protected in their deal from the impacts of the pandemic.
Following a "good start" to the year, Amadeus' worldwide global distribution system bookings turned negative year over year in mid-February and continued a freefall for the remainder of the first quarter, CEO Luis Maroto said Tuesday during the company's quarterly earnings call.
Sabre plans to end on June 30 its global distribution system agreement with Lufthansa Group carriers, several sources told The Beat Tuesday, echoing reports in several German-language publications.
Following its efforts to slash costs and raise capital, Sabre's liquidity position "is sufficient for more than a year and a half, even in a zero-bookings, no-travel scenario," president and CEO Sean Menke said Friday during the company's first-quarter results call.