Amadeus retains global lead while Sabre benefits from Flight Centre Australia and New Zealand win
One of our most popular charts at Business Travel iQ shows the market share of the major GDSs. Each quarter the GDSs issue their financial results and include details of the number of transactions or segments they have handled during the year.
The GDSs issue their second quarter results at the beginning of August so we now look at how those translate into market share. The process is not straightforward because Travelport does not report its air transaction in the same way as the others so we have to show one of the pie chunks as Other including Travelport, although Travelport makes up the majority of this chunk.
The chart shows that Amadeus retains its market lead.
It is worth diving into the figures. Amadeus results for the half year to end June show that the number of bookings in Asia Pacific have soared by 17.4% on last year while they have fallen by 6.5% in Western Europe. Bookings in all other regions are up. The company said that the decline was due to “industry decline and the loss of share at some European mid-size online travel agencies”.
Sabre saw its Asia Pacific bookings jump by 23.5%, helped no doubt by winning the Flight Centre Australia and New Zealand business (Amadeus has the contract for Asia). Bookings in Europe and North America were up by 5%. Latin America was the only region that saw a decline.
Travelport, meanwhile, saw an increase of 7% in segments in Europe at the same time as seeing an 8% decline in Asia Pacific, thanks to the Flight Centre loss. Reported segments on a global basis were generally flat year on year but despite that the company announced a 9% increase in international revenue from its travel commerce platform.