CarTrawler aims to help airlines own 'first and last mile' through app enhancements


CarTrawler has created a mobility SDK (software development kit) that enables airlines to offer new ground transportation options to their passengers from within the airline's mobile app.

The new platform provides access to both pre-booked and on-demand transportation to and from the airport from suppliers including Lyft, Cabify, Gett, Careem, MyTaxi and Grab as well as bus, coach and rail options.

It also allows airlines to offer customers the ability to earn and burn loyalty points for their rides.

"Our new mobility platform will revolutionize the travel sector by offering customers a simple, one-stop-shop for all their travel needs to and from the airport," says Aileen McCormack, chief commercial officer at CarTrawler.

"Airlines can now connect the dots and instantly utilize this platform in-app, offering customers a superior booking experience and reflecting the reality that those who don't rent, ride."

CarTrawler estimates the mobility-as-a-service market will reach $1.75 trillion by 2030, but it says currently only 59 of the world's 473 airlines offer mobility services to customers.

"By owning the first and last mile, airlines can maximize revenues from this rapidly growing sector and future-proof their business. At the same time, they will be able to offer customers every possible travel option, strengthening brand loyalty as a result," says Charlie Coniglio, senior vice president for CarTrawler's North American operations.

The new platform also enables airlines to send push notifications to customers regarding transportation bookings and offers.

In April 2018, CarTrawler announced a partnership with Splyt to access its on-demand taxi suppliers.

CarTrawler says it works with 2,000 travel partners and 2,500 transport suppliers.

Source: PhocusWire

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