Travelport has become certified as a Level 1 aggregator and Level 2 IT provider for IATA's New Distribution Capability (NDC).

NDC is an XML-based data standard that IATA says will enable airlines to personalize offers and sell all of their products through travel agencies. Certification confirms an organization's ability to send and receive NDC messages.

Travelport's designation means it is ready to integrate with airlines that are using NDC, and can offer travel agencies using its Travel Commerce Platform enhanced content and better access to ancillaries.

"In particular, Travelport-connected agents will be able to make ancillary sales post the original flight booking, and through their preferred agency workflows, for the first time," Travelport said in a statement.

Travelport is a member of various committees focused on NDC development.

"We know the industry needs to transform the way flights are sold and IATA's NDC is an important part of this," said Ian Heywood, Travelport's global head of product and marketing, air commerce.

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