Amadeus has deployed Amadeus Electronic Ticketing to its travel agency base in 112 countries, the latest being Bahrain, Cyprus, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Tanzania, Uganda and United Arab Emirates.
In recognition of its technology services, The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently selected Amadeus as a preferred partner in its endeavour to achieve ticketless travel by 2007.
Amadeus Electronic Ticketing is a flexible, secure and cost effective tool that benefits travel agents, airlines and travellers alike:
Airlines reduce ticketing costs by up to 90 per cent as the need to process paper tickets is eliminated. They also require less counter space at the airport as travellers increasingly use self-service check-in kiosks.
Travel agents also enjoy considerable cost savings when issuing e-tickets. They send ticketing information directly to the airline’s database safely and easily and do not incur additional costs associated with printing or mailing tickets to customers. As their workload lightens, they are able to provide greater travel consultancy expertise, adding greater value for the traveller.
As e-tickets replace paper tickets, travellers no longer run the risk of losing their tickets or having them stolen. Itinerary changes and last-minute travel decisions are easier to make, as is claiming refunds from airlines and travel agents. Self-service check-in kiosks also reduce check-in time. Overall, travel is faster and more convenient.
Amadeus also offers a full range of e-ticketing solutions for airlines that include the Amadeus Electronic Ticket Server, a state-of-the-art solution that allows airlines to issue e-tickets for all their flights through different sales channels, and an interlining solution that enables seamless e-ticketing between airline partners.