Lufthansa Group Shifts to Next Phase of Its Pioneering Distribution Strategy

Lufthansa Group’s first-class lounge at Munich (Muenchen) Airport. Lufthansa GroupSkift Take: Lufthansa Group may have done more than any other airline group to aggravate Amadeus, Travelport, and especially Sabre in recent years. Yet a grudging truce in the distribution battle may be possible, according to this exclusive interview with a top executive. — Sean O’NeillRead…… Continue reading Lufthansa Group Shifts to Next Phase of Its Pioneering Distribution Strategy

Lufthansa Hikes Its Third-Party Booking Fee Despite the Crisis

A Lufthansa Airbus A320-200 at Frankfurt Airport. From October 1, tickets bought via third-parties tech for flights on Lufthansa Group airlines will be hit with a $21 in the U.S. (€19 in Europe) surcharge. Oliver Roesler / LufthansaSkift Take: If you think all airlines will lower their fees to encourage more bookings during the pandemic,…… Continue reading Lufthansa Hikes Its Third-Party Booking Fee Despite the Crisis

Travelport Receives $500 Million in Fresh Financing From Private Equity

Travelport CEO Greg Webb. The company said Friday it had received commitments for $500 million in financing from its private equity owners Siris Capital and Evergreen Coast Capital. TravelportSkift Take: The cash injection will give the travel technology firm Travelport some breathing room as it fights payments tech firm Wex over a transaction dispute. —…… Continue reading Travelport Receives $500 Million in Fresh Financing From Private Equity

Amadeus Highlights Meager 1 Percent Air Traffic Growth in 2020 Outside China

Amadeus, the global provider of technology solutions for the travel industry, has its research and development center in near Nice, France at Sophia Antipolis. Amadeus is a bellwether for global air travel because it’s the sector’s largest technology provider. Cornavirus drove steep booking declines in February 2020. AmadeusSkift Take: Amadeus, the world’s largest provider of…… Continue reading Amadeus Highlights Meager 1 Percent Air Traffic Growth in 2020 Outside China