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CAAC to allow foreign carriers to sell tickets via GDS

22-Oct-2012 12:30 PM

CAAC announced that Chinese agents for foreign carriers can utilise ticketing systems and services provided by global distribution system (GDS) providers from 01-Oct-2012, breaking the monopoly on the market by TravelSky (Economic Observer, 16-Oct-2012). Amadeus appointed Bart Tomkins as managing director for Amadeus China in Sep-2012. Previously, foreign carriers were required to sell their fares via TravelSky, which charges foreign carriers fees several times higher than domestic carriers. In 2011, TravelSky reported a 15.5% increase in foreign airline ticket sales, compared to a 9.2% increase for domestic carriers. In the first six months of 2012, foreign tickets sold increased 28.4% to 7.7 million tickets compared to 7.6% increase to 157 millions tickets for domestic carriers.