Travelport head of global supplier strategy Ian Heywood, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, noted (08-Aug-2013) a problem with IATA's New Distribution Capability (NDC) is that it is exclusive of LCCs, noting: "Not everyone member of IATA".
IATA NDC is exclusive of LCCs: Travelport
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