By Quintin Smith
Cost effective, high-tech option to be available to travellers from August 2008
In a partnership with SITA, the Geneva-based air transport services provider, Yemen Airways plans to offer online booking for all its customers starting August 2008. This will be in addition to its current global distribution systems (GBS).
Abdulkhalik Alkadi, Chairman of the Board of Yemen Airways, said: “By moving some of our business to direct sales with our passengers we will see immediate cost savings. Our hope is to have 30% of our sales made on our website by the end of next year which could result in up to $600,000 savings.”
Yemen Airways has already adopted E-Ticketing, which currently counts for over 90% of all tickets sold. The airline is also on schedule for the 100% target set for May by the International Air Transport Association.
Hani El-Assaad, SITA Regional Vice-President, Middle East and Turkey added: “The trend for online booking is well accepted. According to the latest SITA IT Trends Survey, worldwide online booking levels are reaching 35% and expectations are for further growth as countries such as Yemen come on stream."
The number of internet users in Yemen has been increasingly steadily since the internet was introduced to the nation1996, and local ISPs report some 200,000 subsribers.