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Despite the pandemic, NDC is set to give air travel booking a new look and feel – eventually
The more options, the better? That looked to be the situation earlier this year with what promised to be one of the hottest topics in travel, the surge toward acceptance of New Distribution Capability. Then came COVID-19.

But while the pandemic may have slowed the revolutionary nature of this emerging standard, continued progress seems likely. As travel returns, airlines are gearing up for NDC once again, and some travel buyers are finding new value in the traveler-tailored health and safety information it may offer.

Moves made by Travelport over the past year provide an object lesson around the evolving thinking about NDC. In February, the company announced that it has achieved level 4 NDC certification as an aggregator from IATA. The certification comes as part of a phased approach by Travelport, which has been offering NDC content from a small number of partner airlines since October 2018.

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