July 10, 2023

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Airline NDC Integration Varies, Creating Challenges for Agencies

NDC implementation would be smoother and travel advisors would encounter fewer servicing challenges if airlines adhered more closely to IATA's programming standards, the airline trade group says.

And, IATA says, servicing, merchandising and other NDC capabilities will improve sharply as more airlines are certified in its most recent NDC standard, called 21.3.

As airline NDC deployments have ratcheted up in recent months, travel advisors have chafed about challenges to servicing tickets purchased via NDC-enabled connections, including handling relatively ordinary tasks such as schedule changes and exchanges. Back-office processing and settlement are among other sticking points.

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Honduras - Unionized transport workers plan to launch strike across Honduras July 10; consequent transport and business disruptions likely.

Japan - Severe weather forecast to continue across western Japan through at least July 11. Evacuations and weather-related disruptions ongoing.

Jordan - Taxi drivers plan to protest outside Municipality of Amman, Jordan, July 11. Increased security, localized transport disruptions likely.

New Zealand - Bus drivers to continue strike in Auckland, New Zealand, through July 13. Bus service disruptions likely.

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