Travelport readies itself for big airlines’ U.S.-to-Cuba flights
- Tour Operators
- Jul 09, 2015
Travelport began positioning itself for a time when major airlines will offer regularly scheduled flights between the U.S. and Cuba. At present, the U.S. government allows only charter flights between the two countries, Travelport’s want to be at the front of the line when some of their partner airlines are ready to start flying directly [to Cuba] from the U.S.
Travelport announced new GDS software that enables U.S.-based travel agencies to sell and book flights to and from Cuba for authorized travelers. With the new software, agents can book airline itineraries that initiate in the U.S., then route through an intermediary country, such as Canada or Mexico, where regular commercial flights to Cuba are available. Agencies must first sign a contract amendment with Travelport agreeing to comply with U.S. regulations.