Ryanair returns to GDSs with Travelport deal

Ryanair aircraftRyanair is to appear on Galileo and Worldspan from April 2 following a deal with Travelport.

The decision is a turnaround for the low-cost airline, which has always denied it would make such a move.

Ryanair and Travelport – which owns Galileo and Worldspan – have signed a deal for an undisclosed number of years but there is a break clause after one year.

Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer Kenny Jacobs said the decision was indicative of the carrier entering a new era. It would play a substantial part in growing passenger numbers from the current 81.5 million to 110 million in the next few years, he added.

“This partnership with Travelport is a significant development for Ryanair and for businesses across Europe and beyond as we continue to evolve our business offering,” he said.

Putting the airline back onto the GDSs after an absence of a decade will be followed by the introduction of a business traveller package.

Curently 19 million Ryanair passengers or 22% are travelling on business. “With this partnership we can double the quantity,” he said. “I would probably say this would take us two years.”

Travelport’s Regional Director, UK & Ireland, Simon Ferguson added: “This is a hugely important partnership for travel agencies in the UK & Ireland, and we are delighted to be providing them with fares and ancillaries from one of the highest profile low cost carriers in the world and a very important one in this region.

“Ryanair has fully embraced what we can uniquely offer through our industry-leading technology and we look forward to working exclusively with the Ryanair team over the coming months to help them reach new travellers whilst providing more in-demand, low cost air content to our UK travel agency and tour operator customers.”

Sourced by TTG Digital

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