Airline tickets sold by travel agencies through the global distribution system are recovering much more slowly than those from hotel bookings, according to data released by Saber shows.
The distribution and technology provider says gross plane bookings through GDS in May were 62% lower than in May 2019.
Hotel transactions are down about 35% over the same period, Saber says in a regulatory filing.
The number of passengers boarded through Saber’s accommodation systems was 44% lower in May 2021 compared to May 2019.
Saber says the numbers continue to “reflect the number of COVID-19 cases, cumulative and daily vaccination rates, and regional travel restrictions.”
The record continues: “As COVID-19 vaccines continued to be administered, we saw continued sequential improvement in our key volume metrics in May 2021 compared to April and the first quarter of 2021.
“The improvement in our key volume metrics continued to be driven largely by recovery trends in domestic pleasure travel.”
The lowest point for tracking Saber activity since 2019 came in mid-April last year, when aircraft bookings through travel agencies and boarded passengers declined 95% per year. compared to the same period in 2019.
During the mixed start of some travel operations between July and the end of 2020, gross aircraft bookings were still down 80-85%.