SOURCE: Aeroports de Paris

December 06, 2006 05:55 ET

Aéroports de Paris Launches an Online Travel Booking Service With Expedia Private Label

PARIS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 6, 2006 -- Aéroports de Paris launches an online travel booking service on www.aeroportsdeparis.fr website with Expedia Private Label.

Passengers will be able to book their flights, hotels, visits, car rentals, attractions (shows, tours, excursions...) and will be able to benefit from Group Aéroports de Paris exclusive commercial offers (notably discount vouchers in Aéroports de Paris boutiques). This service is offered from www.aeroportsdeparis.fr website homepage and also through a free Wi-Fi connection in Paris-Orly and Paris-Charles de Gaulle terminals. New online services -- lounge, parking space bookings... -- will eventually be considered.

This launch highlights the will of Aéroports de Paris to increase its range of services to passengers from the start of their travel planning and to capitalize on the success of the new version of its Internet site launched last July. The www.aeroportsdeparis.fr site confirms its second place ranking in terms of audience within the Transport/Airlines* category with more than 800, 000 distinct visitors per month.

The www.aeroportsdeparis.fr site is the only one to offer air passengers such a comprehensive information and service offer:

--  List and flight times of all airlines departing from and
    arriving to Paris
--  service of calculation and choice of itinerary to go to or to
    come back from the airport;
--  shops and services offers in the terminals;
--  maps of departures and arrivals areas;
--  maps of car parks;
--  handy service guides.
    
Aéroports de Paris travel offer aims at making of www.aeroportsdeparis.fr internet site an essential travel portal.

This partnership between Aéroports de Paris and the online travel global leader enables Aéroports de Paris clients to benefit from the most complete offer in the market. Expedia Private Label insures online booking, client follow up and the recollection of client data for Aéroports de Paris. The two partners will collaborate closely for a permanent optimization of offered services and visitor-oriented marketing actions.

An English version of the site will be online in about 10 days' time.

Pascal Bourgue, Marketing, Retail and Communications Director for Aéroports de Paris, states:

"We have chosen Expedia Private Label for its expertise as a global leader. Our visitors will be able to book hotels, cars, trips, etc. in just a few clicks while visiting Aéroports de Paris site. From travel preparation to the plane gate through the reception in the terminals, Aéroports de Paris follows through on its wilful strategy to upgrade the quality of its services."

David Roche, vice-president for Expedia Private Label, states:

"We are glad that a partner as prestigious as Aéroports de Paris has recognized Expedia Private Label's ability to supply the best and largest travel offer. Thanks to this partnership, Aéroports de Paris website will become essential in the French online travel world. This unique agreement in Europe illustrates perfectly the legitimacy, the added value and the potential of our partnership offer for European online travel actors in the largest sense."

Organize in just a few clicks an out of the ordinary visit of Venice with Aéroports de Paris!

--  book a taxi boat to go from the airport to Rialto bridge
--  stay in a locanda (hotel) in the San Croce authentic quarter
    near  Rialto market
--  visit 3 Venetian islands : Murano for its glass work, Burano
    for its lace work and bussolei for its pastries, Torcello and its
    byzantine churches
--  Visit Doge's Palace secret passageways (where Casanova was
    jailed)
--  taste Venetian flavors sarde in saor, baccala, polenta,
    seppie in their ink in the bacari (wine bars) with a glass of ombra (wine
    from Frioul)
--  don't forget to download the audioguide on your iPod® to
    visit the Basilica San Marco as well as the Dorsoduro quarter at your own
    pace
    
www.aeroportsdeparis.fr : a progressive transformation towards a site of online services
--  2000/2005 : BtoB, BtoC, government officials information site
    and "relay" sites (boutiques...)
--  June 2005 : launch of the first version of the site with the
    new visual identity (a single site, BtoC oriented )
--  December 2005 : new home page  service oriented and 1st
    contest game
--  July 2006 : towards a commercial site with the launch of the
    2nd version and the first charged online services (SMS alerts)
--  December 2006 : launch of the online travel offer
    
* according to Nielsen /Net Ratings Net View study, 3rd term 2006

About Aéroports de Paris

Aéroports de Paris builds, develops and manages airports including Paris- Orly, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Le Bourget. Aéroports de Paris is the 2nd European airport group in terms of airport turnover and the 1st European airport group in terms of cargo and mail. Aéroports de Paris accommodates nearly 460 airlines, mainly the major actors of air transport. Benefiting from an exceptional geographical location and a major trading area, the group's strategy is to modernize its terminal facilities and to upgrade its quality of service. It also intends to develop its retail and real estate business. In 2005, Aéroports de Paris Group had a turnover of 1,914 million euros, its net income amounted to 179.9 million euros and it handled 78.7 million passengers.

About Expedia Private Label

Expedia Private Label offers a comprehensive range of travel products to more than 200 key-partners in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa, including several airlines, railroad companies and online travel agencies. Expedia Private Label offers partners the possibility to distribute very competitive Expedia products under their own brand and to benefit from its robust technology, its high service quality, and all its commercialisation tools. Expedia Private Label proposes a complete hotel offer (more than 25,000 hotels negotiated around the world), flights, dynamic packages, car rental, travel insurance, local attractions and services to partners in more than 20 markets in Europe, The Middle East and Africa.

About Expedia, Inc.

Expedia, Inc. Is the world's leading online travel company empowering business and leisure travelers with the tools and information they need to easily research, plan, book, and experience travel. Expedia, Inc.'s companies also operate internationally with sites all over the world, notably in France, in the United Kingdom, in Germany, in Italy, in the Netherlands, in Spain and in Scandinavia as well as in Canada, in Australia and in China through their investments in eLong™. The portfolio of Expedia, Inc's brands includes: Expedia.com®, hotels.com®, Hotwire®, Expedia® Corporate Travel, TripAdvisor™ and Classic Vacations®. For more information, visit http://www.expediainc.com

Contact Information

  • Aéroports de Paris press contacts:
    Jérôme Dutrieux / Charlotte de Chavagnac
    Tél : + 33 (0) 1 43 35 70 70
    Email : Email Contact / Email Contact


    Expedia Private Label press contact:
    Paolo Ghilardi / Till Palme
    Tél : +33 (0)1 56 03 13 02 / 13 27
    Email : Email Contact / Email Contact