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2:01 pm on Aug 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi, colleagues!

I'm doing a research about airport websites and the software engines that drive those websites. These websites are typical with their strong and complex business logic which offers visitors rich functionality and various options like finding/tracking particular flight, direct flight booking, root planner, booking packages and so on. I'd like to ask you guys if you know a kind of software product which is especially for airports and their websites offering all the functionality that a typical airport website gives its visitors. I know Amadeus provides opportunities for search and book of flight tickets but I mean a whole software package that is aimed to serve a typical airport website functionality. Analogue can be done with the booking engine software that serves a tourism agency website needs and all the functionality it needs.

Thanks in advance for your assistance, guys!
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I personally do not know of any one software package that offers all the functionality. My guess is that the developers for each site just use APIs or plug-ins from 3rd party services or affiliate programs.

The market for such a software package is pretty small. And when you factor in that much of the functionality is free or fairly low-cost on an a la carte basis, it would be difficult to charge very much for such a package. So from a business perspective, I think it would be hard to justify the development costs for such a package.
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Have you checked out the amadeus engine? Your best off speaking to different sized travel agents using it(not airports) to see how they integrate into the other services but its not as complex as you would think.
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Unless Amadeus drastically changed their pricing structure, it is very cost prohibitive unless you are selling a LOT of tickets. We were trying to work with them around 2001, and I seem to remember it was several hundred tickets/month just to break even on the licensing fees- that didn't even include the physical tickets (which entailed several other assorted fees). And the fees were going up about 10-20%/month until you locked in.
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Thanks for the answers, guys!
Honestly, the only global provider for Air industry IT solutions that I know is Amadeus and I also know that since they are the biggest, they do not have the "best" conditions for selling their products. I am in the beginning of a process of development an airport website and DO need as much info about various software solutions serving this area of the business as possible. The most important for me is ensuring that the website will use the best possible third party software serving all its needs (current flights, search flight, book a flight and so on...)

Of course there will be a strong development by our side, at least all the communication interfaces between the website and the third-party software system will be developed and tuned by us. But as far as I understand the architecture of the whole airport website, we do need a third party software providing us with flights warehouse and different manipulations of info from that warehouse.

Any post from your side will help me plan and structure the general situation better and in in more details
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Amadeus is what everyone uses, It's trusted, remember these systems pre-date the www are are supported by some pretty robust architectures, its not just about pretty web pages, the costs of getting it wrong are too high
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i used to work in travel and although we eventually moved over to amadeus, which was miles better, we originally used something called FSS from anite. the interface looked like something out of the 1980s, but it still gave the same info. if that is all you want, maybe that is cheaper.
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Most of the web developer user API to get the details about flight and other services. I have used third party service which was opodo.com to add functionality of searching different flight schedule.