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Travelport has signed a new deal with Flydubai and renewed its full content agreement with Alitalia.
The deals mean the two airlines will have their fares and schedules available on Travelport’s Galileo and Worldspan global distribution systems (GDS) – a first for the middle eastern carrier.
Flydubai’s listing on the GDS will mean the low-cost airline, launched in June 2009, can tap into Travelport’s worldwide network of more than 60,000 travel agents.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of Flydubai, said: “Since the start of commercial operations less than two years ago, flydubai has gone from strength to strength and making our great fares available to travel agents is now the next major step in our growth plan.
“Partnering with Travelport will give us exposure to an important global network of travel agents and help diversify our customer base, bringing our success to the next level.”
Both Alitalia and Flydubai have signed a multi-year deal, although Travelport has not revealed how long the agreement is actually for.
Rabih Saab, president and managing director for Travelport in the Middle East and Africa, said signing up Flydubai “makes sense”.
“Flydubai has a winning formula and a great future ahead. There is so much growth potential within the Middle East’s low-cost carrier (LCC) sector,” he said.
“We are delighted to offer our travel agents such valuable airline content and look forward to adding more into our fold in the months ahead.”
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