Last updated: 01:50 AM ET, Mon October 29 2012

Airlines For America Opposes Requiring Airlines to Use GDSs

Airlines & Airports | Airlines for America | Kate Rice | April 22, 2012

Airlines for America, a group representing major airlines in the U.S., is apparently worried that the U.S. Department of Transportation is going to mandate that airlines distribute their fares and other services through global distribution systems (GDSs).

            Right now, there is no such mandate. Most airlines have been selling their fares through the GDSs for the past half century; the GDSs have long been the marketplace for shopping and buying airfares. Many airlines are also selling their tickets through direct channels. They’re in the GDSs by choice -- although they complain about working with GDSs a lot, as evidenced by the ongoing content battles between airlines and the GDSs.

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