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A User’s Guide to Lufthansa’s GDS Fee
A User’s Guide to Lufthansa’s GDS Fee

A Lufthansa Group exec unveiled further details of the group’s planned implementation of a Distribution Cost Charge (DCC) on Sept. 1. The charge will be applied to every booking on an LHG airline—Lufthansa, Austrian, Brussels, and Swiss airlines—processed by a GDS in most countries in the world.

Lufthansa Changes Collection Plan For Controversial GDS Surcharge
Lufthansa Changes Collection Plan  For Controversial GDS Surcharge

The Lufthansa Group has run into a technical snag as it prepares to impose a €16 surcharge on all GDS bookings in most countries, beginning Sept. 1. Agents have objected strongly to the charge.

 

Sabre Increases Share in Q2
Sabre Increases Share in Q2

Sabre’s global market share increased 1.2 percentage points, to 36.8%, in the second quarter while total bookings increased by 8.7%.

Sabre Investigating Chinese Hacker Attack
Sabre Investigating Chinese Hacker Attack

Sabre Corp. is investigating a “cyber security incident” with the help of experts in the field. It said, however, that it’s not aware at this time that any sensitive and protected information has been compromised.

Travelport 2Q Bookings Down, Net Profit Up
Travelport 2Q Bookings Down, Net Profit Up

Bookings were down at Travelport in the second quarter, but the mood was up as the company reported its earnings for the period.

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Amadeus Chief Unshaken by Lufthansa Plan
Amadeus Chief Unshaken by Lufthansa Plan

As the dominant GDS in Germany, Amadeus has the greatest exposure to Lufthansa’s efforts to shift share to its direct channels. But Amadeus CEO Luis Maroto isn’t losing any sleep over the €16 ($17.58) surcharge the carrier plans to impose on GDS bookings beginning Sept. 1.

Concur’s TripLink to Capture Lufthansa Bookings
Concur’s TripLink to Capture Lufthansa Bookings

Lufthansa signed a deal to participate in Concur’s TripLink solution, providing  business travelers with access to the carrier’s negotiated fares and avoiding Lufthansa’s €16 surcharge on GDS bookings.

Travelport Smartpoint Now Incorporates Leading-Edge Air Merchandising Solution

The newest version of Travelport’s Smartpoint desktop solution is available now. Packed with new features and functionality, including game-changing merchandising content and an ever-expanding range of airlines and ancillaries, Travelport Smartpoint makes it easier than ever to book travel for your customers.