Travelport has announced collaborations with four new travel companies including UK-based OTA Skylord Travel.
The firms are utilising Travelport’s universal API to power new services that “give their customers a greater level of information, choice and flexibility” when it comes to booking travel.
Travelport said its approach allows its customers “fully-flexible” access to its platform, enabling travel agencies and intermediaries the ability to design their own customised user interfaces.
The concept has attracted developers from around the world to build new products on Travelport’s travel commerce platform.
The company said the approach is a key part of its strategy to change its relationship with travel providers, from being cost-focused to value-focused.
The customers that Travelport has collaborated with on these new services include UK-based OTA Skylord Travel; South African-based corporate travel booking tool Travel with Lia; OneTwoTrip, one of the leading international OTAs in the Russian market; and Spanish travel management technology solutions firm Travel Loop.
Ujjwal Sehgal, director of Skylord Travel, said: “We have been in the travel business for 33 years and our focus has been serving travel agents and retail clients across the UK with fares and ticketing services.
“With the introduction of branded fares and ancillary content from Travelport, we can really improve our service.
“We want to be innovative and offer our agents and consumers the same information for the relevant travel alternatives that they previously would only receive by going to the airline’s website.
“Branded fares and ancillary content gives us the ability to service our customers, by enabling them to be more efficient and informed.”
JP Ephithite, Travelport’s senior product manager, Open Platform, added: “Innovation is the common thread that ties the likes of Travel with Lia, Skylord Travel, OneTwoTrip and Travel Loop together.
“And with Travelport, innovative travel companies can realise their ambitions by developing travel solutions on our open platform.”