Comair reviews Amadeus relationship

Johannesburg – Wednesday, 15 October 2008. Comair Limited (Comair), the JSE-listed aviation company which operates British Airways Domestic and Regional, today announced that it is investigating the future of its local relationship with global distribution content provider Amadeus.

“Given the current global pressures on our industry and the requirement to review and reduce distribution costs and channel alternatives, we can no longer afford the ludicrously high charges levied by Amadeus when it comes to distributing inventory to our partners in the travel industry. We have been in consultation with Amadeus for some time, however, do not believe we are progressing towards a suitable resolution,” says Iain Meaker, Executive Manager: Distribution at Comair.

Comair advised that should there be no consensus with Amadeus by 15 November 2008 they will be forced to consider their options of reducing content to premium fares only. 

Comair is in the process of finalising proposed contingency plans to assist and ensure minimum impact and disruption on all affected agents. These plans will be distributed in due course.


Notes to Editor:

  • British Airways (operated by Comair) operates in excess of 350 flights per week      
  • Premium fares are full business class (J) and full economy class (Y) fares
  • British Airways international flight sectors will not be impacted