Southwest ‘Still Evaluating’ TMC Strategy Ahead Of Expanded GDS Participation, Expected By June

Southwest Airlines expects next quarter to add virtually all its fares and inventory to Travelport's Apollo and Worldspan global distribution systems, in accordance with its August announcement about expanded GDS participation. Amadeus and Travelport's Galileo will get equivalent feeds later this year. Sabre is TBD.

"We are no longer having conversations regarding full participation within Sabre and will remain at the basic booking level for the time being," according to a Southwest press official.

Accessing Southwest through GDSs rather than, say, via . . .

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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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It was a very impressive meeting and they are eager to learn best practices in working with various agency verticals (e.g. TMC, leisure, etc.).

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Interesting to see LCC airlines open content on the GDS. Indigo, which has a market share exceeding 35% in India, commenced GDS access on Travelport last year. GDS does enable a wider access and allow easier integrations and search. Travelport has gained significant momentum after an extended period of Amadeus leadership.