SINGAPORE, 7 March 2022: Three of the world’s leading fare
distribution systems – Sabre, Travelport and Amadeus – have removed Aeroflot’s
fares and booking content, a step that isolates the Russian government-owned
airline from the online travel agency market worldwide. 

Sabre Corporation was the first to announce it was
terminating its distribution agreement with Aeroflot. In the press statement,
it said it had taken “immediate steps to remove Aeroflot flight content
from its global distribution system (GDS), a marketplace used by travel
agencies, travel websites and corporations around the world to shop, book and
service flight reservations.”

Sabre’s CEO Sean Menke said: “Sabre has been monitoring
the evolving situation in Ukraine…We are taking a stand against this military
conflict complying, and will continue to comply, with sanctions imposed against
Russia.”

The termination means  Aeroflot flights no longer appear on Global Distribution System screens in travel agencies, online travel agencies, travel management companies and other wholesale and retail ticket sales outlets worldwide.

To help support the humanitarian programme in the region,
Sabre, which has approximately 1,500 team members in Poland, has donated USD1
million to the Polish Red Cross to purchase food, hygiene products and sleeping
bags and will support the provision of medical assistance to those seeking
shelter in Poland.

In a press statement posted on its website newsroom,
Amadeus, a Spanish headquartered GDS, confirmed effective 3 March it ended any
new planned commercial projects in Russia.

“We will not sign any new contracts in Russia, and we
continue to evaluate our existing portfolio of work in Russia in parallel, the
statement read.

“We can confirm that we have begun suspending the
distribution of Aeroflot fares in our systems. At the same time, we continue to
assess and evaluate the potential impact of international sanctions imposed on
Russia and any counter-measures by Russia.”

It is understood from the Phocuswire.com report that
Travelport, a global distribution system headquartered in the UK, has also
suspended Aeroflot’s fare and bookings content.

A Travelport statement on the Aeroflot fare content
suspension has not yet been posted on its website.

(Source: Sabre and Phocuswire)