Top Flight APIs to Develop Flight Booking Software and Mobile Apps (2021)
19 SEP 2021
Travel and tourism industry is seeing a unique trend nowadays, Pace of Digitization. Digital transformation is key to staying agile and being ahead.
Flight APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) play a larger role in digital transformation to full scale OTA model (online flight agency). Flight booking APIs are key tools that allow flight agencies, DMCs, distribution platforms and extranets to provide great value to customers. From flights, hotels, transfers, sightseeing and holiday packages - customers can book everything online and end to end.
‘All-in-one-place’ online flight portal platforms have improved the user experiences to another level. According to Statista
, OTA revenue is expected to show an annual growth rate of 11.6% over the next five years.
Is your travel agency API ready?
APIs (which stands for Application Programming Interfaces) are interfaces which communicate with other technologies / platforms / environments and which effectively allow content and data to be pulled from one system to another. For flight agents and aggregators, flight APIs
can give them global access of inventory / deals including flights, hotels, car-rental, transfers, sightseeing and holiday packages.
List of the
Best flight APIs for IATA and Non IATA Agents.
Amadeus is one of the most preferred GDS systems today. Global flight management companies are using Amadeus gds to access online flight contents including airline, hotels, transfers, sightseeing, cars and other ancillary services through Amadeus
/ flight APIs / web services. Amadeus processes the highest number of transactions on a day to day basis. In the last 25+ years, Amadeus has become the largest gds system and the biggest flight content aggregator around the world.
Provab Technosoft is a leading flight API provider and along with its IATA
accredited fully owned subsidiary, it helps you to maximise your need of flight inventory through a single unified flight booking API connection while providing rich flight contents aggregated through several IATA and Non IATA consolidators. Provab’s open flight API XML suite includes flight API, hotel API, car API, transfer API and sightseeing API.
Galileo GDS system - offered by flightPort, is one of the most sophisticated global distribution systems for flight domain. Galileo GDS provides global distribution services for the flight industry with advanced computer reservation software, top of the line flight system and web services XMLs. B2B and B2C booking software with flightport universal APIs are surging in India, United States, Mexico, Europe, South Africa and Malaysia. In the last 22+ years, Galileo GDS has become one of the largest gds systems.
Sabre GDS system is the connect between the flight services buyers and sellers. Sabre GDS is supported (in terms of flight inventory) by more than 400 flight carriers, 200,000 hotels, global tour operators and several car and cruise providers. Sabre system is connected to more than 400,000 flight agents worldwide, who are serving to end clients. Sabre GDS system processes more than a million flight booking transactions per minute during the high season. B2B and B2C flight portals with Sabre software system are surging in United States, Europe, UAE, India, Africa (Nigeria, Egypt) and Indonesia.
TBO Holidays is one of the leading flight aggregator, connected with 70,000 flight agencies across 100+ countries while using TBO’s award winning platform to book global flight contents online. TBO offers flights, accommodations, cruise, cars, transfers and sightseeing.
PKFARE aggregates real time big data from over 600 airlines, 400,000 properties and 20 DMCs, covering over 100 countries and regions. PKFARE is an innovative global flight trade marketplace offering air tickets, hospitality and destination products. Empowered by its global resources, machine learning technology, big data and dynamic hedging and payment model, PKFARE provides global flight players with smart integrated solutions including real time inventory data, best buy rate, seamless multilingual customer service and diversified product portfolios.
Hotelbeds is one of the largest aggregators with 1,80,000 hotels in around 185 destinations worldwide. Hotelbeds API enables any hotel booking system or distribution platform to provide their agents and B2C clients, best hotels and activities at lowest wholesale rates. Simply using Hotelbeds API integration solution is enough to gain access to vast inventory from multiple sources with competitive prices. Hotelbeds booking API additionally provides you access to additional services such as sightseeing, transfers and even car rentals.
Skyscanner was established in 2003 with the unique objective of showing all flight options in one place. Today it has gone from a flight search engine to a global leader in flight. More than 100 million people across the world (that's quite a few!) rely on its app and website each month to help them with their flight plans. It also provides skyscanner APIs to distribute the contents on global OTA platforms.
Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) APIs robust structure brings quick responses and retrieves data from multiple sources instantly to give real-time updates on rates and availability on your booking platform. The EAN APIs are used to book hotels, flights and cars. Expedia's well designed framework enables 200+ flight booking sites across 75 countries and 150+ mobile websites. Expedia API Integration connects any online booking system to 140,000 hotels spread across 245 countries. Expedia has a great user base in the United States, Canada, Mexico, India and UAE.
Flight API Integration Work Flow
At PROVAB, our flight API integration team and framework experts provide extensive support during APIs integration and live certification. They let you leverage the ready codes and libraries to complete the integration sooner than expected. You are assured of full scale OTA or mobile application to build rapid growth in flight booking vertical.
Post API contract signoff, agency code is created. Same time, sandbox and test credentials are sent to client’s developers.
Web Services Integration
Developers get the integration kit and they can start integrating PROVAB’s flight APIs on their platform in a seamless way.
Test Cases Evaluation
Post flight web services integration, test cases are sent to client’s developers to validate the logic of application or mobile app.
On approval of all test cases, followed by few airline bookings in test environment, live credentials are granted to set the application live.
List of things to consider before hiring a flight APIs integration company?
Now that you are well aware of flight APIs and why to integrate flight APIs, you must find the best flight API provider and API integration company. While plenty of flight technology companies are available, the question is how to find the best API company. Let me help you in preparing a questionnaire that fits your requirements.
- What are the major API integration services you offer?
- Please provide 7-8 benefits you offer to flight agents?
- Do you make custom web design or use the theme?
- Can you provide the portfolio?
- Do you provide case studies to showcase the results of your web design?
- What is the policy for building websites in comparison with the competitors?
- How do I get the timely work progress of the project?
- What are the types of flight technologies you are specialized in?
- Do you give round the clock support and also handling the updates of the applications?