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Forum series boosts GDS-airline cooperation

Travelport launches airline programme in KSA

Travelport, one of the world’s leading providers of global distribution systems (GDS) and operator of the Galileo and Worldspan systems, has launched an innovative airline programme in Saudi Arabia aimed at enhancing its distribution support and co-operation with major carriers serving the Kingdom.

Taking place every quarter in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, the series of interactive forums offers an important platform for airlines to exchange valuable information with the GDS provider, helping them leverage the strength of the channel to manage their distribution more efficiently. Nearly 50 senior representatives from the airline industry have participated in the programme, which has been warmly received.

“Travelport provides an important distribution channel for our airline and we believe that the insights shared during these events will not only help us maximise our Galileo bookings, but will enhance the overall value we receive from the GDS,” said Sunil S. Kallyat, Sales Manager, WP-Saudi Arabia, Emirates Airline.

“We found Travelport’s inaugural airline forum to be informative and engaging, and very much look forward to attending other sessions in the near future,” added Mr. Syed Shahabuddin, District Sales Manager, Gulf Air.

Travelport is reputed for its strong supplier relationships and the rich content it provides to its travel agency customers from 429 airlines worldwide. With a network of more than 63,000 travel agencies across the globe, the GDS represents an extensive and cost-effective global distribution channel for airlines and is a valuable gateway to a wide range of travel content.

“The success of Travelport’s airline programme in Saudi Arabia underscores the importance of fostering an on-going dialogue with our airline suppliers, who play a critical role in our extensive distribution network,” said Fazal Muhammed, Senior Director, Saudi Arabia, Travelport. “The best practices shared during these forums are invaluable, helping us collaborate more closely with our airline partners and provide them with even greater levels of support.”

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