Sabre ConnectedSM travel agencies in the United Kingdom are now able to issue electronic tickets for travel on Virgin Atlantic and KLM. This brings to 15 the number of airlines that offer UK e-ticketing capabilities in the Sabre global distribution system (GDS).
Stuart Nassos, Sabre`s
vice president of marketing and customer services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said the company would soon be rolling out e-ticketing for even more carriers throughout Europe. He said the GDS was also extending its e-ticket interlining capabilities, which allow passengers holding an electronic ticket from one airline to travel on another.
“Interlining has been possible with paper tickets for many years, and is particularly useful for business travellers who need the flexibility of being able to catch the most convenient flights to their destinations”, he said. “What we are doing is combining the efficiencies of e-ticketing with the flexibility of interlining, making life even easier for all concerned.”
With a growing number of airlines imposing surcharges for paper tickets, electronic ticketing is fast becoming an accepted form of ticketing in the UK. While expanding the use of e-tickets, Sabre has also developed an unused electronic ticket reporting functionality to make it easier for agents to identify and request refunds on behalf of their customers.
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