Travelport and Flight Centre renew deal

Travelport has renewed a preferred supplier contract with Australian travel agency group Flight Centre which includes its UK territory.

In total the five-year agreement covers nine regions Flight Centre operates in including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, UAE and South Africa.

Flight Centre has 2,000 shops globally and in the UK is one of the largest members of the Advantage Travel Centres consortium.

Travelport, which operates the Worldspan and Galileo Global Distribution Systems, has worked with Flight Centre ever since it was founded in the early 1980s.

Graham Turner, managing director at Flight Centre, said: “This new agreement is a reflection of the confidence and value we place in Galileo and the Travelport organisation.

“In addition to extending our GDS relationship, we will work with Travelport with a view to introducing other products to our shops in Australia and other countries.”

Gordon Wilson, president and chief executive at Travelport, added: “Flight Centre has, through this announcement, confirmed not only that Travelport is delivering today but also has the technology and product pipeline necessary for the future needs of such a large and global travel group.”

Wilson said imminent innovations in the pipeline include Travelport’s Universal Desktop, a search and pricing tool that will aggregate content from a wider range of sources.

Armin Meier, chief commercial officer at Travelport, said: “We are delighted to renew our partnership with Flight Centre, building on our respective organisations’ long-standing collaborative relationship.

Over the years, Flight Centre has partnered together with us in trialling a wide range of products and solutions for leisure and corporate markets. Flight Centre also provides invaluable feedback to us making it a truly valued partner.”

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