Monarch makes final break with GDSs

Monarch makes final break with GDSs

Monarch Airlines will withdraw from global distribution systems Amadeus and Galileo at the end of April, ending the carrier's presence on all GDS systems. The carrier attributed the move to a "huge" fall in GDS sales.

Travel agents who currently access Monarch flights via the GDSs will have to do so through the airline's website or flight-only operator Avro - a sister company - with flights available online and via agency-booking system Viewdata.

Monarch pulled off the Worldspan and Sabre GDSs last June and it was likely to be only a matter of time before it withdrew from the other systems - particularly as Worldspan and Galileo form part of the same GDS company, Travelport.

Liz Savage, managing director of Monarch's scheduled division, said: "We have taken the decision to withdraw from the GDS systems as we have seen a huge decrease in direct GDS sales, largely due to agents using other methds to access our lowest fares."

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