With airline revenues decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic, it
would seem that investment in rolling out IATA's New Distribution Capability
(NDC) has come to a standstill.
A Sabre executive recently said that "the vast majority of airlines have
paused or completely stopped their NDC activity".
Certainly, there has seemed to be little public activity around NDC. But is
that really the case? Has Covid derailed NDC or has it spurred airlines
and intermediaries into working harder behind the scenes to make it a reality?
IATA recently held its Business Travel summit and NDC
developments mentioned there show that things have moved apace. Many airlines
have also announced new NDC-powered initiatives.
On the latest episode of the Week in Review podcast, regular host Mark Frary is
joined by Claudia Adams. travel manager of Allianz and European chair of IATA's Travel Manager Advisory Group, Lydie Charpin, vice president, customer solutions, corporations at Amadeus, Aman Pourkarimi, head of consulting at Gray Dawes Group and Paul Tilstone, managing partner of Festive Road.
They discuss GDS strategies around NDC, the version 21.3 standard coming in
September and whether corporates really are seeing the benefits.
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