KDS building integrated rail tool
IT company KDS International is building an integrated rail booking tool which will work on all of Europe’s various rail systems including the privatised ones in the UK.
Stephane Donders, deputy managing director, said:
“The rail system in Europe is very difficult to manage. We still have different languages and different currencies.
“But another issue is fulfilment. The way fulfilment is done in Paris is different for the way it is done on London so there are even difficulties on a route like Paris-London.
“But we are extending the integration of the rail booking tool so it will cover the whole of the European countries.
“When you have got rail, you have got a strong asset as some companies in France have 40% of their spend on the SNCF so it is essential to get it right.”
LCC market share grows
Low cost carriers (LCCs) now account for 16.3% of all flights in Europe, according to market research by Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation.
Their market share has grown by 2.4% and the number of flights rose by 23% to more than 3,700 each day over the past year the organisation said.
The country with the largest low cost market in the UK where 32% of flights by no frills carriers.
In Poland and Spain, the figure is 21%.
The research found that LCCs operate in 22 European countries but the number of carriers dropped by two to 50.
The five airports operating the most low cost flights are London Stansted, London Gatwick, Dublin, London Luton and Köln/Bonn.
Business class carriers likely to boost competition
The new all business class carriers like Eos Airlines and MAXjet could boost price competition, according to a new survey by Amadeus.
The IT and GDS company found that 16.7% of UK travel agents questioned thought they could cause a fare war with traditional carriers.
The survey said that about the same number thought the all business class airlines would add new routes while only 5.6% said they saw no future for such carriers.
Lindegaard to quit in August
Jørgen Lindegaard is to leave his position as president and ceo of SAS on August 1.
The SAS Board has named vp Gunnar Reitan as acting president and ceo until a successor is appointed.
SAS said the recruitment process to replace Mr Lindegaard who served as ceo for five years before announcing his resignation earlier this year, had already begun.
EC takes initiative on PNR
The EC has adopted two new initiatives to put the transfer of Passenger Name Records (Passenger Name Record - data provided by passengers when booking flights. PNRs are collected by airlines to handle ticket reservations.) to the United States in a “legally sound framework.”
The move comes after the European Court of Justice ruled last month that the agreement between the EU and the US was “not founded on a legal basis.”
The EC has now recommended that the deal should be terminated by the end of June and that EC asks the European Council to for authority to open talks with America for a new agreement.
FCm steps up presence in India
FCm Travel Solutions is planning to open an extra nine offices in India, bringing its presence there to 25.
The travel management company, which has also been expanding in Europe, said the increase was to meet the growing demand for corporate travel.
In addition to the new offices, FCm has already opened six new locations in India in the past year.
Rahul Nath, managing director for FCm Travel Solutions India, said Indian companies were increasingly looking for opportunities outside their country.
He added: “We currently have 550 corporate clients on our books and we’re looking at increasing our 2006-07 sales turnover by 30 per cent over the next 12 months.”
Rezidor adds six to its portfolio
Hospitality group Rezidor SAS added six new hotels to its portfolio this week, bringing its total to 279.
The new properties are The Regent Dubrovnik, Croatia and Radisson SAS Resort and Spa, Dubrovnik, both Croatia, Radisson SAS Hotel, Cardiff, Wales, Park Inn Sawley Marina, East Midlands, UK, Park Inn Belfast, Northern Ireland and Radisson SAS Hotel, Dakar, Senegal.
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