TravelRepublic.co.uk has signed a three-year agreement with Worldspan, part of Travelport GDS for its GDS product.The deal marks a further significant milestone for TravelRepublic.co.uk, which has enjoyed phenomenal growth in recent years selling charter, low-cost flights, and accommodation in the short-haul beach market. In 2007, the retailer topped The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 list as the UK’s fastest-growing privately owned company, with annual sales growth of over 284%. This year it is on course to generate sales worth more than £250 million.
By confirming Worldspan as its sole GDS partner, TravelRepublic.co.uk will have comprehensive access to scheduled airline content, opening up new long-haul and city-break opportunities.
Patrick Lukan, general manager for Travelport GDS, UK & Ireland, commented: “TravelRepublic.co.uk is a real success story and we are delighted they have chosen Worldspan as their GDS partner. The senior management team have a very clear idea of where they want to take the business and we are absolutely committed to helping to further develop their offering through the use of our leading technology and experience in the online space.
“TravelRepublic.co.uk should be congratulated on its significant achievements so far - and we are sure that the strength of the Worldspan GDS product will mean plenty more plaudits will follow soon.”
TravelRepublic.co.uk managing director Paul Furner added: “Our focus, to date, has been short haul beach destinations. Our plans are to build a global product offering and to launch the TravelRepublic.co.uk brand in other European markets. The agreement with Worldspan is a hugely important milestone as we work towards achieving these goals. We have been extremely impressed with the Travelport team and look forward to building our relationship with them over the coming months and years.”