Sabre praised for kicking out Aeroflot

By Linsey McNeill
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Sabre has kicked Aeroflot off its airline reservations system in a move which will make it harder for the Russian national airline to sell its flights, both domestically and around the world.

Sabre’s rival Amadeus said yesterday that it had also begun suspending the distribution of Aeroflot fares.

However, Aeroflot claims it will continue to sell through flights via its own system.

Nevertheless, Sabre’s action was praised by G Adventures’ founder Bruce Poon Tip, who said: “Without Sabre, internal travel becomes extremely difficult and this is an incredible example of the leadership our industry needs to apply essential pressure internally.

“The Russian government needs to know that every industry, including travel and tourism, stands against its actions and will support any and all sanctions that seek to protect Ukraine’s sovereignty, freedom and independence.”

G Adventures has cancelled trips to Russia, to where the Foreign Office is warning against all travel, and it is no longer allowing Russian nationals living in Russia on its tours. Nor is it taking bookings from Russian travel agencies.

“The show of love and support for our stance has been overwhelming so thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to me personally,” said Bruce.

“It is incredibly encouraging and motivating to know so many people stand behind these kinds of decisions and want to help us fight for what is right. 

“Will we do enough? Only history will tell. What I do know is we all need to be part of the solution to a faster, more peaceful resolution.”

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