With COVID-19 still impacting the tourism industry, GlobeAir says it is filling the gap left by airliners, which are expected to operate only 40% of their usual number by January.
The Austrian very light jet operator says preferred routes, including London City-Amsterdam, Geneva-Paris, and Munich-Hamburg can now be booked via the Global Distribution Systems (GDS) used by travel agents and corporate travel planners. The connectivity is powered by WorldTicket (WT), according to a press release.
Bernhard Fragner, CEO GlobeAir, says, “Just with the push of a button, we are providing a safer alternative for some of the most in-demand flight routes across Europe thanks to our flight availability and impeccable customer service.”
GlobeAir flights will be listed under the W2 IATA code and will now be distributed to more than 550,000 travel providers worldwide including Skyscanner, Expedia and Opodo.
Lasse Meilsoe, Group CEO, of World Ticket, said, “It was terrible to see the impact COVID-19 is having on our industry and airlines around the world. We are therefore extremely pleased to work with GlobeAir on this pioneering project and to be able to sell their flights through all leading GDS providers. The innovation that GlobeAir has brought so far is the same innovation that enabled us to develop this unique GDS distribution functionality. We look forward to a long-lasting partnership.”
Peer Winter, VP Business Development at WorldTicket added, “It is great to be part of this project in which both partners are setting new standards in the industry, despite the unforeseen challenges of a global pandemic. WorldTicket and GlobeAir have created a unique sales opportunity for travel agents and travelers. They will now have easy access to business charter flights directly in the GDS and do not have to interrupt or change their daily processes.”
“Being listed on the GDS systems is an opportunity to meet the demand for alternative flight options due to the decline in commercial flight schedules and to fill the gap,” said Dieter Pammer, director of business development at GlobeAir
Around seven out of ten airline tickets are sold via GDS worldwide.