Economist: Slow Pace Of NDC Through GDSs Isn’t Surprising, GDSs Dominate Because TMCs Need Them

Wilmington, Del. — Global distribution systems dominate indirect air travel distribution because travel agencies don't want it another way. So it's not unexpected to find that a new initiative like moving to XML-based connectivity under NDC takes a long time. So says an award-winning economist who has studied the travel distribution market for about a decade.

Prof. Kevin Murphy of the University of Chicago this month commented on market share data when he testified in the United States v. Sabre trial. He expected the airlines' New Distribution Capability to reach scale only . . .

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Jay Campbell in 2004 created travel business newsletter The Beat, in 2006 co-founded Travel Procurement magazine and in 2010 integrated them with Business Travel News. He served as editorial director until 2013. Jay made his travel industry media debut in 1993 at the Air Travel Journal of Boston while earning his undergraduate degree in journalism at Boston University.

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Murphy is spot on. The GDSs provide many more capabilities beyond just booking that, if an agency goes outside of the GDS, must be replaced. The NDC interfaces will need to be much more robust in order to support these capabilities!