Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, today announces a participation agreement with Germanwings, the growing airline based in Cologne, making the carrier’s content and fares available on all Travelport GDS platforms.
Flying to more than 75 European destinations, Germanwings flight schedules are now available to Travelport’s subscriber base of 60, 000 travel agents worldwide. E-ticketing capability for Germanwings is enabled by Lufthansa and all of the Germanwings fares distributed through the Travelport GDS channel include on board service and 20 kg of free, checked-in baggage.
Today’s news follows an earlier announcement in April this year that Germanwings has implemented Travelport’s leading e-ticket database hosting service to store and manage electronic ticket data for online and interline e-ticketing. Hosted by Travelport’s Airline IT Solutions business, the ETDBase solution gives Germanwings the ability to process electronic ticketing messages.
Commenting on the distribution agreement, Stefan Betz, Head of Sales & Distribution at Germanwings said: “We have been working closely with Travelport in recent months – firstly to implement their e-ticketing solution and now to ensure our flights are made available to their extensive global network of travel agency customers. We value the way Travelport has been able to cater for our very specific needs and aligned the interests of a global, multi-GDS provider with the very special low cost distribution model established and promoted by Germanwings. We expect this cooperation to be a genuine win-win partnership”
Robin Ranken, Travelport’s Head of Supplier, Europe, added: “We’re delighted to be adding Germanwings’ extensive flight schedules to the Travelport GDS platforms – they are an important and growing airline. We will continue to work closely with like airlines to secure valuable new air content for our subscribers and in so doing, support the growth ambitions of our partner airlines to grow their business outside their immediate home territories.”