May 26, 2024

Pandemic forces Flightline to sell off travel assets

Global Travel Management has acquired the travel-related assets of independent TMC Flightline Travel Management, but not its name. 

Scott Pawley, Managing Director of Global Travel Management, said: “The effects of the pandemic and the restrictions put in place to fight it have been as brutal as they are widespread. Few corners of the business travel industry have escaped.

“It is very sad that the another great name and a superb SME TMC has been removed from the business travel industry but we are looking forward to working hand-in-hand with new customers from November 1.

“As an industry we have to work together to ensure customers and suppliers achieve their aspirations. So it’s very welcome to see the extent to which companies like Flightline have been determined to ensure customers receive the diligent travel management service they expect. 

“Global Travel Management continues to be laser-focused on the needs of customers. So, when an opportunity arises to extend our offering, we will give it our consideration, but always keep customers’ needs at the top of our decision making.

“We are looking forward to increasing the volume of travel we are managing as the pandemic restrictions around the world gradually ease.”

He said the two companies, both members of the Focus Travel Partnership, were similar in terms of their products, services and clients.

Flightline’s Managing Director Jim McDaid added: “I am delighted and confident that our customers will experience a first-class service from Global Travel Management’s professional organisation which has the same ethos and work ethic as Flightline. In addition, the use of the same products will ensure a seamless transition from Flightline to Global Travel Management.”

Flightline had traded for more than 25 years and was based in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire. It will retain the business name and explore non-travel related opportunities.

In May, Global Travel Management acquired the assets of Baxter Hoare, another TMC that fell victim to the pandemic crisis.