SPAA joins more than 100 travel bodies to found transparency alliance

SPAA joins more than 100 travel bodies to found transparency alliance

The Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA) has joined more than 100 travel bodies - including the Business Travel Coalition (BTC) and major corporate organisations Dell, Oracle and News Corp, in founding the Open Allies for Airfare Transparency (OAAT). The newly-created OAAT has been brought about by the recent imposition, by American Airlines, of a US$10 per sector charge on air tickets bought via the global GDS Travelport, and its concurrent roll-out of its new Direct Connect online booking facility. The new organisation’s mission is “to urge major airlines to share all of their fare and ancillary fee information through the distribution systems they currently use and not to circumvent those systems through new, untested, and potentially costly ‘direct connect’ approaches.” As part of its initial and educational efforts, OAAT released the first in a series of ‘white papers’ on the technological, financial, and policy issues involved. “GDS is fundamentally the most efficient distribution system available, providing a proven and neutral mechanism for the display and booking of air travel by whichever channel - TMCs, online agents or others,” said Kevin Thom, SPAA vice president and air committee convenor. “Where American Airlines treads, who will follow? This could be a defining moment in the history of air travel distribution, and we are more than ready, in the SPAA, to take our place alongside our colleague organisations globally, to fight our corner on behalf of our members and our corporate clients.”

Gary Marshall
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