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DOT Grants ASTA, GBTA And Travel Tech More Time To Scrutinize IATA Resolutions

The U.S. Department of Transportation extended its review period for a batch of resolutions that the International Air Transport Association filed last month. The decision came at the urging of the American Society of Travel Advisors, the Global Business Travel Association and The Travel Technology Association, which asked for more time to review a few IATA-approved resolutions, including one related to the One Order standard.

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Distribution VP Cory Garner Will Depart American Airlines

American Airlines VP of sales and distribution strategy Cory Garner will leave the airline. The carrier has not named a replacement, but Garner "will remain with American until the end of the year to assist in the transition," according to an official.

Travel And Transport Takes Full Stake In Radius

Travel and Transport has acquired 100 percent ownership in travel agency network Radius Travel, of which it was a founding member, a longtime equity holder and an active participant, the company announced Monday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Government Travel Providers Feel The Shutdown's Pinch

In total, the U.S. federal government is the largest buyer of travel in the world. And so, when a portion of the government goes unfunded and hundreds of thousands of civilian employees are furloughed or working without pay, a negative impact on suppliers and intermediaries that serve federal travel programs is expected.

Airline Analyst Calls Agency Commission Growth 'Alarming'

United Airlines during its quarterly earnings call last week reported double-digit-percentage growth in corporate revenue on a year-over-year basis. With revenue come selling and distribution costs, and Wolfe Research analyst Hunter Keay seized on one of them: the "alarming" growth in commissions paid to travel management companies.

Sabre: DOJ Review Delays Farelogix Deal Closing To Mid-Year

Sabre expects its $360 million acquisition of Farelogix to close in the "mid part of the year," later than expected, as the U.S. Department of Justice takes a deeper look at the proposed transaction, Sabre president and CEO Sean Menke said Tuesday during the company's fourth-quarter financial results call.

Short's Travel Launches Ground Transportation Management Division

Short's Travel Management this month launched a dedicated ground transportation division that specializes in bus charters.

FAA Bill Spares TMCs From New Customer Service Requirements

The U.S. House and Senate in recent days reached a bipartisan, final agreement on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 to fund the Federal Aviation Administration for five years and set forth a variety of provisions on airport infrastructure, airline safety and even airplane seat sizes. There is some relief for corporate travel agencies buried in the bill, which is widely expected to go into law.
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The Beat Research: Today's Corporate Travel Agent

The Beat published research this week to uncover the challenges they face, their daily demands, what motivates them, which technologies they use, how their performance is assessed and how they view their position in the market.