Technology company TPConnects has launched NDCMarketplace.com, a subscription-based online marketplace that connects airlines and travel sellers.
The company said the marketplace enables agents to retain their GDS incentives and sell air products that use NDC, while avoiding GDS surcharges from airlines.
Travel agents pay a monthly subscription to NDCMarketplace.com. The subscription price, ranging from US$49 to US$299, depends on the package they choose based on volume of transactions.
According to TPConnects, agents use their own GDS credentials on the site, enabling them to keep earning incentives. At the same time, agents can avoid GDS surcharges, like those charged by Emirates, Lufthansa Group and British Airways.
NDCMarkeplace.com also has content from low-cost carriers.
Agents on NDCMarketplace.com have the ability to create subagents, create permissions for staff members and add markups.
Meanwhile, airlines participating in the marketplace can create dynamic, tailored offers for travellers.
According to the NDCMarketplace.com website, the company has dozens of airlines providing content.
In a statement, TPConnects CEO Rajendran Vellapalath said one of the biggest NDC adoption hurdles for the travel agency community has been the multiple NDC portals rolled out by airlines.
"Agents have to switch between the screens to search and compare the best offers or end up paying additional surcharges for NDC bookings made through traditional channels or soon will end up paying a distribution fee," Vellapalath said.
"NDCMarketplace.com is bringing content from both the traditional channel as well as the NDC and LCC channels in to one screen, combined with rich content from Routehappy, enabling the travel agents to leverage all the benefits."
NDCMarketplace.com is certified by IATA as an NDC Level 4 Aggregator.
Source: Travel Weekly