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MADRID — Amadeus’ travel agency air bookings were up consistently across all regions in 2017, including 99 million Amadeus travel agent air bookings in North America, where Amadeus is determined to gain more market share.
Total travel agency air bookings grew 6.3% to 568.4 million.
Amadeus says the increases were supported by industry and market share growth. The 99 million travel agency air bookings from North American travel agents represented 17.4% of the company’s global total and were up 9% from 2016 when the 90.8 million bookings from North American travel agents represented 17% of the global total.
The company reports that travel agent bookings from Europe (Western Europe plus Central, Eastern and Southern Europe) contributed 44.7% to the 2017 total, while bookings coming out of Asia Pacific contributed 19.1%.
In 2017 Amadeus signed 55 new contracts or renewals of content agreements with airlines, including Air Canada, WestJet and Delta.
Amadeus says it also continued to receive interest from customers in its merchandising solutions throughout 2017. At the close of the year, 143 airlines had signed up to Amadeus Airline Ancillary Services for the indirect channel, including Air Canada, Malaysia Airlines and All Nipon Airways, and 115 had implemented the solution. A total of 66 carriers had contracted Amadeus Fare Families, which allows airlines to distribute branded fares, with 50 of them already implemented.
Revenue for 2017 totalled Can$7,581 million.