Travelport has been certified as a level four aggregator under IATAâ€™s New Distribution Capability (NDC) programme.
With the certification, Travelport is able to manage and service bookings made using NDC technology. The aggregator will undertake a phased approach in rolling out an NDC solution for all sectors in the travel community.
NDC benefits airlines by allowing them to provide more information on each product, such as passenger reviews and policies, as well as to offer ad-hoc value-added products and services.
Since October 2018, Travelport has been offering NDC content from a small number of partner airlines.
Through NDC, corporate buyers can also benefit from customised offers based on their travel history and preferences or view a simulation of a change they intend to make before locking in the change with the airline.
Aggregators and travel agencies can in turn, provide customers with a product comparison experience focused on differentiating offerings by product and service rather than by price, which is the current dominant practice.
IATA is looking to increase the number of NDC transactions between 2019 and 2020. British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines, are just some of the airlines that have committed to making 20 per cent of its sales using an NDC application programming interface.