DB partners with airline ticketing provider to improve intermodal travel
Deutsche Bahn has partnered with WorldTicket, a global provider of passenger service systems and distribution technology to airlines. The companies aim to make it easier for travellers to seamlessly book rail and air travel on the same journey.
Following the partnership, travellers can now add Deutsche Bahn rail tickets to their air travel plans with more than 50 airlines, including Cathay Pacific China Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa, LATAM, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Vietnam Airlines and many more. 78.6 million travellers take off and land at German airports every year, which can now easier connect to the railway system with their ticket.
With the partnership, Deutsche Bahn builds on their Rail&Fly product, which allows flexible travel from all German train stations to all major airports in Germany, and other European airports including Basel, Salzburg, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Zurich. Additionally, the rail operator has Interline and Codeshare products with scheduled high-speed rail services that create a more sustainable alternative to domestic feeder flights on important routes such as Stuttgart – Frankfurt Airport and Dusseldorf – Frankfurt Airport.
Passengers that book Rail&Fly and the rail operator’s Intermodal Interline and Codeshare product can combine international flight tickets with a train ride to or from an airport by selecting multimodal itineraries directly with participating airlines, or through traditional and Online Travel Agencies such as Expedia, Opodo and Etraveli, and travel aggregators such as Skyscanner. This is made possible by WorldTicket’s GDS Aggregation product.
“Our partnership with WorldTicket offers our Airline partners and passengers unprecedented access to Europe’s largest economy, which serves as a global travel destination and a gateway to the world”, said Sebastian Rieckesmann, Head of Intermodal Cooperation at Deutsche Bahn. “With the combined solution, our passengers can efficiently reach any airport hub within Germany, thus making it easier to choose rail instead of domestic feeder flights and bypass road traffic in favor of a more environmentally friendly journey.”