A new tool has been launched by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to improve the visibility of New Distribution Capabilities (NDC) among key stakeholders in the travel industry.
IATA’s NDC Matchmaker allows companies collaborating on NDC implementation, such as airlines, travel sellers and aggregators to search, compare and connect with NDC partners.
The more companies that use it, the more benefits it will create for the travel value chain
The free web-based tool “increases transparency” of a company’s NDC capabilities and will encourage cooperation among different businesses that are on their own journey to providing a retail service in the airline industry.
Yanik Hoyles, IATA’s Director, Industry Distribution Programs said the NDC Matchmaker gives corporate travel buyers what they need, such as greater insight into the businesses currently operating in the NDC space.
“It is also about companies being able to be showcased through a user-friendly tool,” Hoyles said. “The more companies that use it, the more benefits it will create for the travel value chain.”
The NDC Matchmaker—which was conceived initially by IATA’s Travel Manager Advisory Group—already includes more than 80 NDC connections between airlines and their travel seller partners.