AccesRail, the world leader in the distribution of seamless air-rail intermodal solutions, has signed an agreement with Trenitalia. This partnership utilises AccesRail’s innovative expertise to enable Trenitalia to make its train tickets available on the sales platforms of all major airlines of the world. To the travel agent, this means that they can now easily book air and rail segments in the airline primary screen display of all important GDSs. And to the customer this means that they can now travel with air and rail segments on the same itinerary. For example, passengers landing in Rome will already have their Trenitalia ticket in-hand and can seamlessly board the train en route to their chosen destination, such as Florence or Naples.
Trenitalia’s Le Frecce trains are widely known for transporting passengers throughout Italy in great speed and comfort. The deal between AccesRail and Trenitalia utilises this extensive network to open up new opportunities for the national tourism industry. Transporting passengers onward to all the potential cities served by Le Frecce, makes it possible for a new array of end destinations for international and intercontinental travel. This, in turn, meets the market demand to broaden the range of tourist destinations, while making door to door service possible and more seamless.
This success story developing in Italy is just another example of how intermodality can benefit all parties involved. In addition to the benefits realised by the travel trade and consumers alike, airlines are able to extend their network by accessing secondary destinations with no or smaller airports, and railways are able to increase the visibility of their rail options while maximising the load factor of their trains.