February 1, 2023

News in brief: CWT, The Miles Consultancy, Emerald Airlines

CWT has signed a multi-year partnership with Wenrix, the automated, AI-powered airfare price-tracking platform, to power its best price ‘airfare optimisation solution’. Wenrix’s predictive analytics accurately calculates when air ticket prices will change across all GDSs and then, where available, automatically rebooks existing flight reservations at a cheaper fare, when the fare difference between the original and new ticket is greater than any change or cancellation fees. CWT has offered pre-ticketing airfare optimisation services using Wenrix’s platform since 2020 to its NORAM, and more recently EMEA customers. Following a pilot of Wenrix’s post-ticketing optimisation tracking platform across 2021, CWT is rolling-out the service this month across all of its wholly-owned markets worldwide.

Two thirds of travel decision makers report that 30% or less of their ground transport travel spend is booked through their corporate booking tool, according to a poll by The Miles Consultancy. The survey found 17% said 30-50% of overall ground transport was booked through a booking tool whilst another 17% said 60% and above. The questions were asked at the first meeting of a newly-formed Development Hub Advisory Board (DHAB), set up to help shape the launch of TMC’s Mobility iQ.  The board, consisting of industry leaders and decision makers within the fleet and travel sector, will come together regularly to discuss trends and topics, exchange ideas and define a common set of requirements to assist in the development process for the new app.

Emerald Airlines, the exclusive operator of the Aer Lingus Regional services, has joined the European Regions Airline Association (ERA). Emerald Airlines has a fleet of 14 ATR 72-600 aircraft and employs over 400 in its flight operations, M&E, ground handling and support teams. The airline operates Aer Lingus regional flights from Dublin and Belfast City Airport and in summer 2023 will fly more than 580 flights a week across 23 routes with a growing fleet of ATR 72-600 aircraft.

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