Technology Amadeus reports explosive growth in ancillary sales By Jamie Biesiada / February 28, 2016 Share 1 -- In 2015, the number of ancillaries sold by Amadeus-connected travel agents nearly doubled, CEO Luis Maroto said during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call. The increased sales came with increased availability. By the end of the fourth quarter of 2015, Amadeus had 135 airlines signed for its Amadeus Ancillary Services solution; 101 of those airlines had already implemented ancillary sales. Also by the end of the fourth quarter, 29 airlines had signed up for the Amadeus Fare Families solution, with 22 implementations, Maroto said.“These figures are growing every quarter,” he said.According to Maroto, the number of airlines selling ancillary products through Amadeus increased threefold in 2015.Amadeus is in the midst of negotiating expiring contracts, Maroto said, as they renew every three to five years. Quite a few are coming up, he said, and eight were renewed in the fourth quarter.An investor asked if any airlines were considering a GDS booking surcharge like the 16-euro fee Lufthansa implemented last September.“Each airline is having their own commercial strategy and their own approach,” Maroto said. “They are following their own path, but it is different from the Lufthansa one.” Maroto said it is possible for the airlines to change their minds and introduce similar strategies, but that has not happened yet.In the fourth quarter, Amadeus reported a 13.8% increase in revenue, from 832.7 million to 947.9 million euros.CFO Ana de Pro said the company is projecting low double-digit growth in revenue in 2016.