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Amadeus improves access to a further nine low-cost and hybrid carriers in 2011

Amadeus announced today nine distribution agreements implemented in 2011 with low-cost and hybrid carriers that improve travel agents' access to the inventory, schedules and fares of the over 74 million seats sold annually by these nine airlines.



Amadeus improves access to a further nine low-cost and hybrid carriers in 2011

• Low-cost carrier bookings through the Amadeus system have increased by 21% in the first half of 2011

• Amadeus now distributes the content of approximately 70 low-cost carriers


Madrid, Spain, 20th of September, 2011: Amadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, announced today nine distribution agreements implemented in 2011 with low-cost and hybrid carriers that improve travel agents’ access to the inventory, schedules and fares of the over 74 million seats sold annually by these nine airlines.

Amadeus has signed distribution agreements with Air Arabia (Maroc), Air Méditerranée, flydubai, Porter Airlines and Vision Airlines. These airlines will now be bookable by travel agencies using the Amadeus system.

Porter Airlines has also signed a full content agreement along with Frontier Airlines, another North American carrier. In Europe, airberlin, Germany's second-largest airline, and Norwegian Air Shuttle, a Scandinavian low-cost carrier, have extended their relationship with Amadeus and renewed their existing content agreements.

“We are committed to bringing and guaranteeing Amadeus’ travel agents worldwide access to the most comprehensive range of fares, schedules and inventory,” said David Doctor, Director Airline and Travel Agency Distribution, Amadeus. “Furthermore, airlines on the Amadeus system can improve margins by targeting higher yield business passengers and extending their reach into new segments - many low-cost carriers start distributing to travel agencies to pursue revenue growth,” he added.

Two thirds of the international bookings of airlines on the Amadeus system are made by travel agencies and on average the yield per net booking is 66% higher in the travel agency channel than it is in the airline website.

Earlier this year, Amadeus also implemented a solution that enables Germanwings to deploy e-ticketing services to travel agencies but without adding complexity to its operations. All travel agencies using Amadeus can now make bookings, issue tickets and carry out post-sales trip changes for Germanwings flights. The booking and ticketing process is seamlessly integrated into the travel agent’s workflow and mid and back-office systems.

“The easier it is for a travel agent to access a low-cost carrier’s content the higher booking volumes that LCC will attain,” Doctor concluded.

Total bookings on low-cost carriers by travel agencies using Amadeus in the first half of 2011 increased by 21% compared with the first half of 2010. Approximately 70 low-cost carriers are now bookable within the Amadeus system, including AirAsia, easyJet, Virgin America and WestJet.


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Notes to the editors

Amadeus is a leading transaction processor and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and tourism industry.

Customer groups include travel providers (e.g airlines, hotels, rail, ferries, etc.), travel sellers (travel agencies and websites), and travel buyers (corporations and individual travellers).

The group operates a transaction-based business model and processed 850 million billable travel transactions in 2010.

Amadeus has central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters and marketing), Nice (development) and Erding (Operations – data processing centre) and regional offices in Miami, Buenos Aires, Bangkok and Dubai. At a market level, Amadeus maintains customer operations through 73 local Amadeus Commercial Organisations covering 195 countries.

Amadeus is listed on the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia stock exchanges and trades under the symbol “AMS.MC”. For the year ended 31 December 2010, the company reported revenues of EUR 2,683 million and EBITDA of EUR 1,015 million. The Amadeus group employs nearly 10,000 employees worldwide, with 123 nationalities represented at the central offices.

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