THE International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced it is expanding its activities to prevent fraudulent transactions in the air travel industry, which, according to the world airline body, has consistently cost the industry an estimated $858 million annually.
According to IATA, approximately $639 million of the $858 million fraud payment is borne by airlines and the remainder by other participants in the travel value chain, including travel agents.
Subsequent to this, IATA is cooperating with Ypsilon Net AG, an integrated IT and payment solutions provider for the travel industry to make IATA Argus Fraud Manager (IATA Argus) available to airlines and travel agents.
While some airlines already use a range of systems to reduce fraud activity in their direct sales, IATA Argus offers a unique, fully-integrated and automated payment fraud detection and management solution for both travel agents and airlines.
“IATA is committed to helping the industry fight fraud. Our partnership with Ypsilon Net AG brings a modern fraud prevention solution that meets the needs of both airlines and travel agents to reduce fraud and increase the confidence in generating new sales via all available distribution channels,” said Aleks Popovich, IATA’s Senior Vice President Financial and Distribution Services.
By accessing information available in global distribution systems, IATA Argus is able to detect suspect transactions from as early as the booking request stage, and flag them or even cancel them as appropriate. It can notify the agent or airline of a suspicious booking, and automatically take action to void, suspend or cancel a ticket.
“You cannot segregate fraud occurring on airline direct channels from fraud generated through travel agency or online travel agency channels. IATA Argus combines ease of implementation and cost efficiency in a system that protects all channels effectively and provides full automation,” said Hans-Joachim Klenz, CEO of Ypsilon Net AG.
IATA Argus can also integrate systems including, but not limited to, IATA Perseuss and Ethoca and uses the provided information to enhance fraud scoring.