Hi, I am a travel agent and i thought that i would move my business online. So, i was wondering if there are any scripts that would allow me to setup a website which would allow people to search for tickets on different airlines. I want some thing like : -
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are you the same guy who was looking for something to pull the cost and availablity of flights? you will need to sign up to a global system like 'amadeus' for that. but then you will need a custom programmer to create something to take that info and stick it onto your website, in a form that makes it bookable for members of the public.
i don't imagine that it will be possible for you to find something that both scraps the cost and availabilty of flights and books them too. all airlines will have different booking systems. that is why you need a global one like amadeus.
We've built several on Mambo for travel agents. I see a number on Joomla now as well. Drupal is a fine choice, too. Really depends on your project requirements and the capabilities of the people who will be maintaining it, IMHO.
The likelihood of you finding a canned system that will just do what you want and is free are almost nil.
You don't need a CMS you need a custom built web application.
What you really need is a programmer or a development house who will create the custom application that you require. I would say you are looking at paying someone a good chunk of change to get what you want as a fully featured and bug free piece of software. I would ballpark it at least $50,000 in development costs unless you are a programmer and can do it yourself or know someone that would do it for cheaper but if that were the case you wouldn't be here looking for one. Throw in some hardware costs and you will have a high start-up cost for sure.
I routinely charge around $100 an hour to develop such a thing and I have undercut many other places at that high rate. I don't want to burst your bubble but what you want takes a lot of doing and people don't just make those and then make them available for free online.
Similar sites online have sold for hundreds of millions of dollars. Expedia sold for some like $300,000,000... with those kinds of figures you can be sure that if yours takes off your start up cost will be negligible in comparison.