Travelport GDS will replace the existing Worldspan UK rail solution with its “best of breed” Galileo booking tool for UK rail.
Travelport UK Rail will be made available to Worldspan-connected agents before the end of the year. The decision comes just months after Travelport announced the completion of its acquisition of Worldspan, and brings Worldspan agency customers the same rich UK rail content that has been enjoyed by Galileo customers since its rail booking tool first went live earlier in 2007.
Available as both a travel agency as well as a corporate booking tool, Travelport UK Rail was developed following an agreement with TheTrainline, and has been positively received by customers across the UK as the market prepares for the Association of Train Operating Companies’ (ATOC)* withdrawal from the ELGAR system at the end of the year.
Patrick Lukan, general manager UK & Ireland for Travelport GDS, commented: “Following Travelport’s acquisition of Worldspan, the Galileo and Worldspan teams have been working hard to combine their expertise to offer agents and their customers the most effective products in the marketplace. The roll out of the Travelport UK Rail booking tool to Worldspan agents is another example of how our integration efforts are focused on making these “best of breed” products readily available to every Travelport GDS customer and not about any kind of “forced migration” from one system to another.”
Travelport UK Rail for Agents, an intuitive, web-based product, enables agents to search for fares and availability, book train tickets, select seats and manage refunds. The agreement with TheTrainline provides instant access to the full range of over 293 million journey and fare combinations in the UK. Other key benefits include access to the national ticket on departure (TOD) network for FastTicket machines and the ability to issue credit card sized tickets through the trainline.com.
Travelport UK Rail for Corporates, the self-booking tool developed for travel management companies (TMCs) to offer to corporate customers, enables business travelers to book their own UK rail journeys directly from their desktop. The browser-based tool can be customized with the TMC’s logo and contact details or co-branded with a corporate logo and any bookings made are managed by the TMC.
Both versions of Travelport UK Rail will offer agents new revenue opportunities as no ATOC licence is required and commission can be earned on every booking.
Adrian Watts, sales and distribution director for TheTrainline, commented, “The rail booking tool we developed with Galileo is fast, efficient and requires minimal training. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work more closely with Worldspan-connected agents to help them to expand the rail service they provide their customers. This is an important step forward as we enter a new era in train travel as more and more businesses chose to include it in their corporate booking policies”.