Lagos - Arik Air, Nigeria’s national carrier, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have signed a Weblink agreement that allows accredited travel agents direct sales into the Billing Settlement Plan (BSP) system.
Arik Air Managing Director, Chris Ndulue, and the Director General of IATA, Tony Tyler, signed the agreement at the IATA Aviation Day Africa 2013 held at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Ndulue said the agreement is one step forward in making things easier for Travel Agencies and passengers.
Arik Air intends to implement Weblink in Cameroon, Ghana and Senegal markets and later in other offline Central West African markets such as Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Togo.
Weblink is an alternative means to Global Distribution Systems (GDS) channels (Amadeus, Galileo, Sabre, Worldspan, etc). It allows the IATA accredited travel agents to access the Arik inventory and pricing directly via Mercator Airline Reservations System (MARS) bypassing the GDS.
With Weblink, all reservations and ticketing transactions are direct via Weblink to MARS, with sales reported as individual transactions to the BSP Data Processing Center (DPC).
– CAJ News