easyJet, the UK’s largest airline, has signed a new and enhanced deal with Amadeus, a leading GDS supplier, which will help the airline capture a bigger share of the managed corporate travel market.
Amadeus is a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry. In 2007 easyJet was one of the first low cost airlines to make its inventory available to business travel bookers through the GDS providers. Almost four years on, this has now been extended. The agreement also delivers significant technical improvements as Amadeus and easyJet will work closely together to increase functionality and enhance the booking process for all travel agents using Amadeus.
Catherine Lynn, Director of Customer and Revenues, at easyJet, commented: “easyJet has made great gains in the European corporate travel market in recent years. We carried one million more business travellers last year than the year before and they now account for over 9 million annually.
Now more agents and corporate travel buyers will be able book with us and the improved functionality means it will also be easier for them to do so. This deal recognises the important role that GDS systems and travel management companies play in the corporate travel market and will enable us to capitalise on this in order to gain a larger market share.”
David Doctor, Director, Distribution Marketing, Amadeus "We are delighted with this new long-term agreement with easyJet and we look forward to enhancing our Amadeus Ticketless Access product to make it even easier for all our travel agencies to book easyJet flights."
This announcement is the latest development in easyJet’s campaign to increase the number of business travellers which currently stands at over 9 million a year or 18% of easyJet’s passengers. Those travelling on business are attracted by easyJet’s extensive route network, high frequencies to main city airports and low-fares. The airline operates on more of Europe’s top 100 city pairs than any other airline including British Airways, Lufthansa and Air France.
In recent months easyJet has announced the introduction of Flexi fares which give passengers flexibility to change the date of their flights. The airline has also put a corporate sales team in place who have established strong partnerships with corporates and major travel management companies.
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For further information please contact:
Anna Knowles, easyJet Press Office, press.office@easyJet.com 01582 525252
Notes to Editors
easyJet operates Europe's No. 1 air transport network with a leading presence on Europe's top 100 routes and at Europe's 50 largest airports.
easyJet flies on more than 580 routes between 130 airports in 30 countries. More than 300 million Europeans live within one hour's drive of an easyJet airport, more than any other airline.
The airline takes sustainability seriously. easyJet invests in the latest technology, operates efficiently and fills most of its seats which means that an easyJet passenger's carbon footprint is 22% less than a passenger on a traditional airline, flying the same aircraft on the same route.
Amadeus is a leading transaction processor and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and tourism industry.
Customer groups include travel providers (e.g. airlines, hotels, rail, ferries, etc.), travel sellers (travel agencies and websites), and travel buyers (corporations and individual travellers).
The group operates a transaction-based business model and processed more than 850 million billable travel transactions in 2010.
Amadeus has central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters and marketing), Nice (development) and Erding (operations – data processing centre) and regional offices in Miami, Buenos Aires, Bangkok and Dubai. At a market level, Amadeus maintains customer operations through 73 local Amadeus Commercial Organisations covering 195 countries.
Amadeus is listed on the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia stock exchanges and trades under the symbol “AMS.MC”. For the year ended December 31 2010, the company reported revenues of €2,683 million and EBITDA of €1,015 million. The Amadeus group employs around 10,000 people worldwide, with 123 nationalities represented at the central offices.
To visit the Amadeus Investor Relations centre please www.investors.amadeus.com