Norwegian to use Galileo?s direct connect solution.
Travelport GDS has signed a new direct connect content agreement with Scandinavian low-fare airline, Norwegian.
Under the new agreement, all of Norwegian’s published inventory will be made available via Galileo’s direct connect solution, providing travel agents with the ability to book optional extras such as baggage and seat selection as well as with improved efficiency in the booking process.
Travelport says the development of its direct connect product was a reflection of the growing importance of the low-fare air sector and the demands of its travel agency customers to have the content available through the GDS channel.
The solution was introduced early last year with launch partner easyJet. Since its launch, says Travelport, travel agents have reported greatly improved efficiency and productivity compared to booking via the web, which typically takes agents four times longer. In contrast to LFA websites, the Galileo direct connect solution gives agents the ability to book low-fare carrier and traditional airline flights in the same passenger name record (PNR).