Skyscanner becomes first travel search engine to join NDC E…


Skyscanner has joined NDC Exchange, an industry-owned
marketplace created by ATPCO and SITA to facilitate adoption of IATA’s New
Distribution Capability.

The platform enables API connectivity between airlines and
travel sellers, allowing them to exchange messages easily and cost-effectively.
NDC Exchange supports shopping, booking and servicing workflows and enables the
cross-selling of ancillary services among airlines and between airlines and
travel sellers.

Once connected to NDC Exchange, airlines have access to all
connected travel sellers, and those travel sellers have access to all connected
airlines.

Skyscanner added direct booking to its platform in November 2015.

“We are delighted to have joined NDC
Exchange and are sure that the platform will bring many benefits to our
partners, providing a consistent product offering across the entire travel
distribution ecosystem,” says Hugh Aitken, senior commercial director of
Skyscanner.

“We want to bring
airline products on Skyscanner’s site as close to the direct experience as
possible, with carriers controlling their products and brand while benefiting
from our traffic, and audience, across a range of devices.”

Earlier this month, British Airways, Delta Air Lines and
United Airlines became part of NDC Exchange, joining Air Canada, Finnair and
LATAM Group.

Technology suppliers participating in NDC Exchange include
Atriis Technologies, Serko, Verteil Technologies, INNfinity, Kognitiv and
Voyages Encore Travel.

“We are working very closely with airlines, distributors
and agencies of all sizes to help them progress their NDC solutions while
respecting their business processes,” says Graham Wareham, director of
distribution portfolio for ATPCO.

“NDC Exchange is a unique industry platform that allows
airlines and sellers to integrate NDC into their business at the pace that best
suits their business needs.”

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