The airlines’ main lobbying organization does a point-by-point rebuttal of a draft letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood asking the Secretary to reject IATAâ€™s application covering the New Distribution Capability.
A US e-petition questions airlines’ ancillary sales practices, and UK authorities warn travel sites about fare display rules
A US lobbying firm launched an online petition requesting that the US government mandate that all airlines provide all of their optional services data to GDSs, while in the UK regulators warned travel sites that they must comply with new regulations on displaying total fare prices.
There has been a recent uptick in talk around increased costs associated with flying, and about the frustration consumers often face when dealing with airline ancillary fees like baggage and seat reservation fees.
Many travellers – and perhaps many in the industry – must be confused and somewhat bemused by the current arcane disputes over distribution costs.
Much of the official launch of the anti-Direct Connect group, Open Allies for Airfare Transparency, was always going to be about which companies would join.
Because of controversies around aggressive airport security pat-down procedures and full-body imaging machines, 2010 holiday periods shone a bright light on the ineffectiveness and high cost of current aviation system security policy.
The noise against fees seems to have reached a crescendo with a concerted campaign in the USA around ancillary services.
I have been watching and biting my tongue all week at the somewhat personal vitriol coming from Business Travel Coalition.
The Business Travel Coalition and the American Society of Travel Agents got more than 200 corporations and travel management companies to back airline efforts to collect fees for checked bags and premium seats, but the signatories to a letter sent to U.S. carriers want to ensure that they — and not solely the airlines — get to choose the distribution channel where these ancillary services get fulfilled.
The irony of the recent analysis by Jim Davidson of Farelogix – Fear and loathing in the airline industry, innovation on hold? – is that it starts and ends with the very concept it complains about â€“ using fear as a tactic.