In a curious move, Expedia has moved a step closer to offering airfares in the Australian market after signing technology licensing agreement with Arnold Travel Technology – a subsidiary of major online retail rival Travel.com.au (TVL).

Under the deal, Expedia which is currently offering just offering hotels and tours on its Aussie site, will use Arnold’s airfare booking engine.

TVL told the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) that “revenues under the agreement will be generated principally on a per booking basis”.

Arnold also has agreements with Carlson Wagonlit, Travelscene, BTI New Zealand, Travel.com.au and Lastminute.com.au.

Meanwhile, TVL announced that April was soft for business while conditions improved during May.

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