China has further liberalised its commercial aviation market. The Civil Aviation Administration of China has given Air France, KLM and Lufthansa approval to use the Amadeus GDS as a booking channel for a pre-selected group of travel agencies in Beijing. Meanwhile, Abacus, another GDS, says the CAAC has approved licenses “for its travel agent applicants”.
“This is step change in an already rapidly expanding sector,” explained Abacus President and CEO, Robert Bailey. “Progress is now being made to include guaranteed automated fares from over 90 foreign airlines operating in China today. The vision of the CAAC in approving these licenses will broaden access to travel products for millions of mainland travellers.”