Published on : Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Regional airline Flybe declared today that it has adopted the Universal Airline Travel Plan (UATP) and currently accepts corporate air bookings for flights and also ancillary purchases made via its website, contact centre, mobile app and online booking tools.
UATP is an airline-owned payment network facilitating transactions through a corporate payment card that is accepted by a large number of merchants for rail, air and travel agency payments.
Cards are not owned by individuals but shared by people working for the same company to make travel arrangements.
UATP is issued and accepted internationally by airlines.
The airline states that its corporate customers have utilized UATP for some time but the booking process had been previously only available for people for those made through GDS channels with the aid of travel agents.
The chief commercial officer of Flybe, Roy Kinnear mentioned that Flybe is focused completely on meeting the requirements of their clients and therefore he is happy at the fact that they can presently accept UATP bookings made via their website.
In fact he feels that there is an undisputed demand for online UATP acceptance given the superior data management capabilities and the cards being utilized widely across the airline industry for corporate bookings.
They are prevalent in the German market (issued by Airplus International) and many companies that would only book with carriers who accept them.
Consequently Flybe would witness a rise in corporate travel bookings from launching this facility through their primary booking channel.