Dulles, VA & Geneva, Switzerland – 24 October 2018 – ATPCO and SITA today announced that the leading global travel search site Skyscanner has joined NDC Exchange, a platform that enables content interoperability across the airline distribution ecosystem and is a trusted bridge between the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) New Distribution Capability (NDC) and traditional distribution methods.
“We are delighted to have joined NDC Exchange and are sure that the platform will bring many benefits to our partners, providing a consistent product offering across the entire travel distribution ecosystem. We want to bring airline products on Skyscanner’s site as close to the direct experience as possible, with carriers controlling their products and brand while benefiting from our traffic, and audience, across a range of devices.”
— Hugh Aitken, Senior Commercial Director of Skyscanner
The addition of Skyscanner’s impressive reach to NDC Exchange adds value for all on the platform through a growing network effect. Each month, 80 million people use the Skyscanner website or its highly-rated mobile app, which has been downloaded over 70 million times. Skyscanner’s global reach can also be seen through its products that are offered in over 30 languages and 70 currencies.
What is NDC Exchange?
NDC Exchange is a community platform that enables API connectivity between airlines and travel sellers, enabling them to exchange messages easily and cost-effectively. NDC Exchange supports shopping, booking, and servicing workflows and enables the cross-selling of ancillary services among airlines, and between airlines and travel sellers.
“We are working very closely with airlines, distributors, and agencies of all sizes to help them progress their NDC solutions while respecting their business processes. NDC Exchange is a unique industry platform that allows airlines and sellers to integrate NDC into their business at the pace that best suits their business needs.”
— Graham Wareham, Director of Distribution Portfolio for ATPCO
NDC Exchange facilitates the real-time translation of XML messages, enabling airlines and travel sellers to quickly and efficiently connect to the platform regardless of their API schema or standard. Once connected to NDC Exchange, airlines and travel sellers can commence trading with any chosen partner also connected to the Exchange.
NDC Exchange has seen robust industry interest, with early-joiners Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) providing settlement support and Routehappy by ATPCO powering rich content capabilities to enhance retailing. Major airlines such as Air Canada, British Airways, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Finnair, and the LATAM Group are current or committed members of the NDC Exchange. NDC Exchange has earned a Level 3 NDC Capable certification, the highest level of certification offered by IATA.
Uniquely positioned at the center of airline distribution, ATPCO elevates advanced technology and industry relationships to fuel the future of air travel. Owned by airlines, ATPCO manages more than 197 million fares for 450 airlines and is trusted as a neutral partner for airlines, agencies, search engines, global distribution systems, and governments worldwide. Its recently acquired subsidiary Routehappy powers rich content for flight shopping, helping airlines and distributors differentiate their products. Every day, the industry relies on ATPCO’s portfolio of technology and data solutions to help millions of travelers get where they need to go. Learn more at atpco.net.
SITA is the communications and IT solution provider that transforms air travel through technology for airlines, at airports and on aircraft. The company’s portfolio covers everything from managed global communications and infrastructure services, to eAircraft, passenger management, baggage, self-service, airport and border management solutions. Owned 100% by more than 400 air transport industry members, SITA has a unique understanding of its needs and places a strong emphasis on technology innovation.
Nearly every airline and airport in the world does business with SITA and its border management solutions are used by more than 40 governments. With a presence at more than 1,000 airports around the world and a customer service team of 2,000+ staff, SITA delivers unmatched service to more than 2,800 customers in more than 200 countries.
For further information go to www.sita.aero