Flydubai widens travel agent booking network
Dubai, December 13, 2012
Flydubai, a low-cost airline, has signed a Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) agreement with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Hahn Air, which enables more travel agents access to the carrier’s flights.
The BSP system will facilitate and simplify the selling, reporting and remittance procedures of accredited sales agents, as well as improve the reach across the globe for flydubai. The contract follows agreements signed last year with global distribution systems (GDS) providers Sabre and Travelport and Amadeus.
Flydubai’s CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said: “Flydubai is always looking for ways to make travel more cost-effective and convenient from booking through to the flight. Partnerships like this BSP agreement allow us to reach out to a wider audience while also simplifying the booking process for both travel agents and passengers.”
IATA has been tasked to manage flydubai’s accounts within the UAE. At the end of 2011, the organisation had 88 BSPs, covering 176 countries and territories serving some 400 airlines, with gross sales of AED 913.83 billion. Meanwhile, Hahn Air, a leading provider of outsourced ticketing solutions, will handle flydubai’s international markets, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and India.
Simplification, savings and advanced control of financial risk are the main benefits of BSP for Flydubai as there is a central point for agents to report to, one total figure is remitted and one settlement is sent to the airline, covering all agents’ sales. – TradeArabia News Service