Australian flag carrier Qantas introduced a new commercial structure for travel agencies to promote adoption of New Distribution Capability-compatible connections, either through a global distribution system or another approved tech provider. Its pitch to agencies includes the threat of a $12.50 per-segment surcharge on GDS bookings and diminished content access but also a private channel-type framework as a path for agencies to avoid both.
Australia-based travel management company Corporate Travel Management and Flight Centre Travel Group's corporate-focused brands this week reported solid growth in corporate travel transactions across their multinational operations and laid out further growth ambitions for the U.S. corporate market.
Last week, a group of travel management companies in an open letter likened New Distribution Capability to a "half-built house." They want to deliver on the standard's promise of richer content for clients, they wrote, but they must enable their own new distribution capabilities to "fulfill customer requirements of comparability, policy control, cost management, reporting and duty of care."
Qantas this week announced that a few partners have agreed to access content through its new Farelogix-powered application programming interface that is based on the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard.
CTM isn't waiting for a global distribution system or leaning on a third-party aggregator to hook in NDC application programming interfaces, CTM founder and managing director Jamie Pherous said during an interview this week. Instead, CTM is using homegrown aggregation and booking tech to connect to airlines.
Airline bookings processed worldwide on the Amadeus global distribution system during the second quarter rose 3 percent year over year to 145 million. Airline bookings across all major GDSs rose nearly 5 percent, representing a rare year-over-year decline in market share for Amadeus.