The Lufthansa Group and Corporate Travel Management (CTM) have announced a partnership to give the TMC access to NDC fares from the group’s hub airlines.

By integrating Lufthansa’s Direct NDC API – powered by Farelogix – CTM clients booking through the company’s agents and its online booking engine Lightning will be able to view the widest range of fares from Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Swiss.

CTM will initially offer its customers in the APAC and home markets the chance to search and book fares available through the Lufthansa Group airlines’ NDC Partner Programme, which includes the NDC Smart Offer. This makes the group’s most competitive fares, some of which cannot be found in the GDSs, available to the TMC’s clients.

The agreement will allow CTM to continue its roll-out of the offering to all markets in which it operates.

Both firms say the multi-year partnership will enable greater technological collaboration.

Heike Birlenbach, senior vice president of sales at Lufthansa Hub Airlines, commented: “The cooperation with CTM will further enhance the booking experience for travellers. Developing the business travel industry by leveraging new distribution opportunities is key to remaining at the forefront of innovation and meeting our customers’ expectations.”

Laura Ruffles, CTM’s global chief operating officer, added: “Our partnership with Lufthansa Group hub airlines is key to delivering on our customer value proposition of innovative technology and customer service excellence, which delivers a return on investment to our customers. We are proud to partner with Lufthansa Group airlines to bring yet another innovative NDC solution to our customers around the globe.”

travelctm.co.uk; lufthansagroup.com

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