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SkyEurope leads LCCs on e-ticketing transition

SkyEurope Airlines has become the first low cost carrier (LCC) to meet international aviation requirements.

Central European carrier SkyEurope Airlines has become the first low cost carrier (LCC) to meet international aviation requirements and convert its operations to full e-ticketing in 100 countries.

After readjusting its timeframe, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) set a deadline of May of this year for transition to 100 per cent electronic ticketing for all airlines – and the measures taken by SkyEurope make it a trailblazer among LCCs.

Offering IATA-approved e-ticketing in 100 countries on more than 70 routes, the airline has benefited from GDS access via Hahn Air’s partnership on e-ticketing, providing interline e-ticketing options and paving the way for SkyEurope seats to be sold by over 60,000 travel agencies.

Steven Greenway, chief commercial officer of SkyEurope said: "The launch of Hahn Air’s e-alliance solution in partnership with SkyEurope greatly increases our sales and distribution capability and market penetration."

The move comes as full air travel procedures move toward a paperless future, a trend harnessed by American carrier Continental and its current trialling of electronic boarding passes.

Following on from processes used in Japan, Scandinavia and Spain, the airline has claimed satisfaction thus far with the progress of issuing boarding codes to passenger mobile devices, a move that could soon by taken up by LCCs and legacy carriers alike.

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