EasyJet to reach out to OTAs

EasyJet is ready to offer an olive branch to online travel agencies with confirmation that it is considering a system to allow an official connection to its inventory.

The no-frills airline recently sent letters to a number of intermediaries and OTAs – including Expedia – ordering them to cease screen scraping fares from its website.

Expedia was named and shamed by easyJet about its use of screen scraping earlier this week in a report on technology wire The Register.

However it has since emerged that easyJet is looking into how OTAs can gain access to fares and availability with a direct connection.

It is understood this would be a new agreement outside of the new deals signed between a number of technology providers including Multicom and Comtec for leisure agents and the Amadeus and Galileo GDSs for business intermediaries.

EasyJet is remaining tightlipped about its recent cease letters to OTAs but admitted a new arrangement is on the cards.

An easyJet spokesperson said: “With regards to whether Expedia would need to sign up with one of these [technology providers], then not necessarily because we’re currently reviewing how a range of online travel agencies would access our inventory going forward.”

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