NDC is an IATA-led collaborative industry initiative to define a messaging standard that will enable retailing opportunities through the indirect (GDS/travel agent) channel.
Currently there is a gap between direct (airline websites) and indirect (GDS/travel agent) channels.
In a resolution approved during the association's recent Annual General Meeting, IATA members agreed that NDC will offer consumers enhanced online shopping experience with the ability to compare and transact airline offers in a transparent fashion. Read press release (2 June 2013).
See what the online travel shopping experience could be like with an NDC standard in place in the recorded webinar in English, español.
NDC is a collaborative industry initiative involving the following stakeholders:
In addition, NDC is engaging on a regular basis with governments, regulators, associations and third parties.
Looking for candidates for NDC pilots
The NDC project has now entered the pilot phase that will help to shape the evolution of the distribution arena.
If your airline, travel agent, GDS or IT company wishes to participate in the pilot, please read all information on pilots.
XML - the foundation of NDC
NDC is using Open AXIS XML schemas, available for free. See our XML Capability pages.