EasyJet has renewed a distribution deal with Amadeus as the budget carrier seeks to attract more business travellers.
The airline has been working with the GDS for almost ten years and was the pilot carrier for Amadeus’ ‘light’ ticketing functionality, which allows travel agencies to book easyJet like any other carrier while the airline uses XML-technology to connect to Amadeus.
EasyJet head of business, Anthony Drury, said: “EasyJet was one of the first airlines in the low-cost sector to make its inventory available to travel agents in the indirect channel.
“It remains of paramount importance to continue our relationship with Amadeus whilst leveraging the power of light ticketing and utilising key products like inclusive fares and corporate negotiated fares.
“Around 20% of easyJet passengers travel for business and we continue to deliver on the strategy we launched in 2010 to increase our appeal to the business travel sector.”
Decius Valmorbida, Amadeus vice president, distribution marketing, added: “EasyJet and Amadeus have seen great results working together over the last nine years, and we’re delighted to be continuing our partnership.
“EasyJet has benefited from our unparalleled network of corporations, travel management companies, travel agents and market reach, helping the airline grow in the business travel space.
“Together, we have fostered new adoption initiatives and innovative technology unique to the industry. As travel evolves, we look forward to working with forward-thinking players like easyJet.”