Last Updated: 02 December 2021
Today, IAG and Travelport announced a distribution agreement to enable modern travel retailing by bringing New Distribution Capability content from Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, and Vueling to Travelport-connected travel agencies around the world.
By channelling its NDC content through the next-generation Travelport+ platform, IAG will be able to offer travel retailers a wider range of content – including Additional Price Points and an expanded selection of ancillary products – while taking advantage of modern digital retailing tools such as intelligent storefronts to merchandize them effectively.
Katy Cardwell, Head of Distribution and Payments at British Airways, said: “Our new agreement with Travelport is an exciting addition to NDC, creating greater opportunities for all partners in the travel ecosystem. This supports our vision of moving towards a more innovative way of travel retailing, giving Travelport subscribers access to a greater choice of new and better products and services, including Additional Price Points and ancillaries, which are only available via NDC and add significant value.”
For NDC bookings, the DTC will be replaced by a small fee per PSJ (Passenger Segment Journey) to recover costs. Alternative options with no surcharge remain available, these include direct connections, or content booked through the IAG Portal or alternative aggregators.
Travelport and IAG will continue working on the technical solution for NDC distribution throughout 2022 and adding additional features and functionality ahead of NDC content rollout.
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