GDS and travel technology provider Amadeus has claimed a quarter of all air tickets booked in the UK are purchased via its platform.
The Amadeus estimate of securing 25% of the UK market puts it just 10% behind rival Galileo but does not include figures solely through the GDS.
Commenting on the steady growth for the company in recent years, up from 22% in 2004, UK managing director Stephane Durand said: “We see no reason to stop growing. We feel we have the support to be the number one in the market and the best technology supplier.”
Durand also revealed Amadeus is expected to spend around £150 million of research and development in 2006, with 65% on projects earmarked specifically for the travel trade.
The R&D budget has increased dramatically in recent years, up from around £125 million in 2005 and £100 million in 2004.
Earlier this week, Amadeus executive vice president for development, Jean-Paul Hamon, said: “Our firm commitment to research and development helps our customers to stay at the forefront of the travel industry.
“Increasingly, we are investing in open technology, which will allows us to bring more solutions to the market, more quickly. This means we can respond more rapidly to the changing needs of our customers as the industry continues to evolve.”