The technology-based TMC said that this new connection would make BA and Iberia content available through Click’s booking tool, Travel Cloud.
It means that bookings made through the online portal will not incur the £8 Global Distribution System - a major electronic worldwide reservation system used by travel agents to book flights, hotels, car rental and other travel services. The major players in this area are Sab... fee which is due to be introduced by BA from November 1.
Simon McLean, Click’s executive chairman, said: “We’re delighted to be the first Travel Management Company: An agency which manages business travel for a company. in the world to go live with British Airways New Distribution Capability - a new system of technology standards to allow the distribution of airfares and ancillaries through third parties which is being developed by airline association IATA with... content, meaning our customers will not only get a much better user experience, but they’ll also avoid the £8 distribution charge.
“We’ve been predicting a future based on direct connects for years, which is why we’ve invested so heavily in our direct connect aggregation technology to ensure it’s a breeze to plug in any number of airlines as they come on stream.”