easyJet, the UK’s largest airline and Travelport have today announced a new agreement that will further open up easyJet booking services to be sold by all Galileo-connected agency customers worldwide and any other agency using the Travelport Universal API™. In addition, the new agreement will also deliver enhanced functionality to improve the booking process for agents, including the sale of easyJet ancillary services. This builds on an earlier agreement between easyJet and Travelport in 2007 which represented easyJet’s first move into enabling third party distribution of its products.
All travel agents can now benefit from the improved efficiency and productivity achieved by accessing easyJet content through the Travelport GDS, enabling faster booking and the building of itineraries including hotel, car and other travel services offered by Travelport.
Commenting on the new agreement, Andrew Hodges, easyJet’s Director of Sales, Distribution & Business, said: “We are delighted to be extending and expanding our partnership with Travelport and making our content available to all travel agents. Travelport’s extensive global footprint provides us with an efficient distribution channel for distributing our popular low-fares, including the Flexi fare, especially to the managed corporate travel market.”
Robin Ranken, Head of Airline Relationships for Europe at Travelport, added: “This revised agreement extends the scope of the distribution we are able to provide easyJet as we harness our technology investment to facilitate the sale of airline products and meet their changing needs. Our global footprint as well as the value the intermediary channel can bring a carrier such as easyJet, in addition to the network carriers and alliances we serve, have been key factors in reaching a successful conclusion.”