BREAKING: Sabre terminates Aeroflot distribution agreement

Sabre Corporation has confirmed that it has terminated its distribution agreement with Aeroflot. Sabre says it is taking "immediate steps" to remove the Russian flag carrier from its global distribution system (GDS).

The GDS is a critical piece of software used by travel agencies, travel websites and corporations around the world to shop, book and service flight reservations. Without access to the system, Aeroflot will find it much harder to sell tickets for its international routes. Sabre’s platform manages more than US$260bn worth of global travel spend each year.

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Sean Menke, CEO of Sabre said: “[We have] been monitoring the evolving situation in Ukraine with increasing concern. From the beginning, our primary focus has been the safety of our team members in the impacted region, as well as doing our part to support the much-needed relief efforts.

“We are taking a stand against this military conflict. We are complying, and will continue to comply, with sanctions imposed against Russia. In addition, today we announced that Sabre has terminated its distribution agreement with Aeroflot, removing its content from our GDS.”

Sabre says it will continue to monitor the wider situation and will "evaluate whether additional actions would be appropriate", taking into account legal considerations and any counter measures that could be implemented in response.

Aeroflot isn't alone in facing extreme challenges from recent geopolitical events. European carriers have hit by a tit for tat ban on airspace which has left many operators scrambling for alternative options to and from the Far East.

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