The deal will ensure the company’s agency partners, selected by Air France KLM, are able to continue to avoid the surcharges that are levied on flight bookings with the group through global distribution systems.
“Travelport is committed to helping the travel industry make the transition to IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) standard. To support Air France KLM’s transition, as an interim measure, we have extended our private channel agreement with the group to give the travel ecosystem more time to develop NDC technical capabilities and to connect the airlines’ NDC content to our platform,” said Travelport Vice President, Enterprise Air Partners Chris Ramm.
“We hope, in time, to reach an alternative agreement with Air France KLM that recognizes the value provided by each party in the NDC booking process,” he added.
Travelport operates a travel commerce platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the global travel and tourism industry. The company facilitates travel commerce by connecting the world’s leading travel providers with online and offline travel buyers in a proprietary business-to-business (B2B) travel platform.