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Explainer: Self-Sovereign Identity

People share a lot of personal information through digital channels, and the entities they interact with access more of it than they need. Individuals have little control over the transmission of their data and who gets what. The concept of a decentralized, self-sovereign identity fixes that while addressing cybersecurity and streamlining processes. A self-sovereign identity…

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Expecting More Non-GDS Fares, Air Canada To Launch Tool For Travel Agencies To Service Direct Bookings And Access NDC

Air Canada 18 years ago debuted fare families, a response to low-cost competition that set off a revolution in airline pricing. The company’s decision shortly thereafter to make some fares exclusive to its direct channels augured similar moves more than a decade later by big carriers in Europe and elsewhere. Is Montréal changing the game…

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Reporter’s Notebook: Digital Health Credentials, Dynamic Hotel Pricing, TMC Relationships

Read on for the latest industry discussions about digital passports, dynamic hotel pricing and TMC relationships. Providers of so-called digital health passports continue to add partnerships with airlines, airports and other entities to ease international travel. Starting with verifiable, negative Covid test results, the systems now are working to add proof of vaccination. Air transport…

U.S. Capacity Is Returning, But Business Travel Isn’t A Priority In Fluid Airline Network Planning (Audio)

Airline capacity remains down dramatically on most international routes while markets with big domestic networks, like the United States, are rebounding. Leisure routes take precedence over business ones. In the short-to-medium term, travel buyers should expect gaps in preferred carrier networks, fewer frequencies and different aircraft than travelers are used to. The situation will remain…

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Joining Bevy Of Return-To-Travel Info Services, New Firm’s Data Scientists See Safe Travel For Most People And Places By July

As various industry entities work on the problem of informing business travelers of whether they can or should go here or there, and what they need to do, a new player from the world of data science appears to have something new.  Using more than 30 data sources, GoPass Global’s APIs reflect pandemic conditions through…

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Can I Get There From Here? Interline Deals Might Help

Due to the pandemic, global airline capacity fell by 58 percent last year compared with 2019, according to IATA. In the first week of this year, the number of scheduled flights worldwide was down 44 percent. Steep declines in airline capacity exacerbated an old industry problem: the inability of passengers to reach destinations aboard their…

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Coming Soon: The ‘Vaccine Passport’

Tariro Mzezewa is a travel reporter with The New York Times. Her article is republished here with permission as part of our licensing program. We welcome your comments below. Among governments and those in the travel industry, a new term has entered the vocabulary: vaccine passport. One of President Joe Biden’s executive orders aimed at…