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Abacus partners Indian airline

Asia's largest global distribution system has announced it will be partnering with Indian low cost airline.

Abacus, Asia’s largest global distribution system (GDS) has announced it will be partnering with Indian low cost airline Deccan to allow its passengers to book their flights and find out about fares with ease.

The deal means any passengers flying with Deccan will be able to organise their holiday through one of Abacus’ affiliate travel agents. Kenneth Low, vice president of Abacus International in south Asia, said: "With low cost carriers expected to double their share of the India market from their current 35 per cent of the market to 70 per cent by 2010, this is definitely a market we wish to lead in. We are excited by the prospects of working with Deccan to escalate their growth within Asia’s vibrant travel industry."

The deal marks the first time a GDS has struck a partnership in the Indian budget airline market. "This pioneer partnership provides an ideal launch pad to enable Abacus-connected travel agencies to share in India’s low cost carrier fuelled growth," Mr Low added.

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