EasyJet to reach out to OTAs
(27 June 2008) EasyJet is ready to offer an olive branch to online travel agencies with confirmation that it is considering a system to allow an official connection to its inventory.
The no-frills airline recently sent letters to a number of intermediaries and OTAs – including Expedia – ordering them to cease screen scraping fares from its website.
Expedia was named and shamed by easyJet about its use of screen scraping earlier this week in a report on technology wire The Register.
However it has since emerged that easyJet is looking into how OTAs can gain access to fares and availability with a direct connection.
EasyJet is remaining tightlipped about its recent cease letters to OTAs but admitted a new arrangement is on the cards.
An easyJet spokesperson said: “With regards to whether Expedia would need to sign up with one of these [technology providers], then not necessarily because we´re currently reviewing how a range of online travel agencies would access our inventory going forward."