Following a recent industry-changing restructure in the way airline fares are disseminated, Clyde Travel Management is now delivering significant price reductions to customers by using IATA’s new distribution capability (NDC) technology.
The creation of an NDC standard by the International Airport Transport Association has allowed for more efficient fare distribution between airlines and travel management companies, in turn offering more dynamic and often cheaper fare options to Clyde’s customers.
Previously, travel management companies like Clyde were generally required to access fares through intermediary Global Distribution System platforms, which limited negotiations with airlines and also inhibited airlines’ flexibility in pricing.
Paul Cronje, Director, Clyde Travel Management said: “This has led to the biggest innovation in aviation sales since the introduction of the e-ticket 20 years ago.
“This month saw Clyde issue the first British Airways tickets outside a GDS, and customers have immediately benefited from promised savings provided by the additional fare content this now enables. Our NDC connection is our private channel to airlines’ content with no reliance on any intermediary or third party’s technology.”
Currently, Clyde is only using NDC for selected domestic and short-haul products since it is a new initiative for both airlines and travel management companies; but an extension to long-haul towards the end of 2019 is planned.
Paul added: “We are very excited to offer our travellers the world of choice that has been opened by IATA’s NDC and, with the timely launch of our new digital travel management system ‘Sphere’, the Company is placed to remain at the forefront of the travel management industry.”
For more information on IATA’s New Distribution Capability, please visit: https://www.iata.org/whatwedo/airline-distribution/ndc/Pages/default.aspx