Sabre is about to pick up the Flight Centre GDS contract when it comes up for renewal next year, according to industry reports.
It’s a seismic shift. Flight Centre renewed its agreement with Travelport last July after a relationship “that spans more than two decades,” Travelport stated at the time.
The news that Flight Centre has since turned away from Travelport was broken earlier this month by Martin Kelly’s authoritative Travel Trends, which has a strong tech base. Travel Trends quoted informed sources saying Flight Centre had advised Travelport its GDS contract for Australia and New Zealand would not be renewed when it expires on 30 June 2017.
Travel Trends pointed out that Flight Centre’s decision left Sabre and Amadeus to fight it out for Asia-Pacific’s biggest retail account, “which is estimated to generate more than AUD 100 million in revenue each year”.
Sabre already services Flight Centre in Canada, United States and Mexico.
Reports are now circulating that Sabre has prevailed and will service Flight Centre in the Australasian market too.
Written by Peter Needham