FlySafair announced its intention to join the GDS earlier this year.

Johannesburg - Low-cost carrier FlySafair has announced that its inventory is now available through the Global Distribution System (GDS), which offers new booking opportunities to the travel trade.

FlySafair announced its intention to join the GDS earlier this year and inventory started to filter into the GDS network as of November 11, for reservation across all FlySafair routes. “This signified the completion of the first phase of our GDS roll-out,” says Kirby Gordon, Head of Sales and Distribution at FlySafair.

The GDS is a reservation tool that enables travel agencies to access travel data, compare reservations options and book travel. It also alerts travel agents to special fares, rates and travel packages, allowing them to pass on the savings to their customers.

FlySafair tickets are now available on the GDS via a distribution agreement with Hahn Air Systems and will be marketed under the H1 code, with an indication that the flight is operated by FlySafair.

“We are very excited to welcome FlySafair into our customer portfolio, broadening our footprint in South Africa and enhancing our H1-Air network with our 15th African carrier”, says Alexander Proschka, Head of Hahn Air Systems.

Inventory will also be made available via direct integrations with Amadeus and Galileo in the coming weeks, which will also be facilitated by the Hahn Air Group. These direct integrations will give us the opportunity to offer a slightly more competitive fare into our local market,” says Gordon.

FlySafair’s GDS inventory includes a 23kg checked-in baggage allowance, free priority boarding and two flight changes without penalty fees, although fare differences will be applicable. Ticketing time limits vary by fare class from a few hours to 48 hours.

Adapted from a press release for IOL