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GSA's FY05 City Pair Airline Contracts

GSA #10110

September 14, 2004
Contact: Viki Reath (202) 501-1231
viki.reath@gsa.gov

Washington – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded its fiscal year 2005 City Pair contracts, which provide discounted airfares on 4,345 routes and are expected to save billions of dollars in fiscal 2005.

GSA negotiated rates with 13 U.S. airlines for official federal government travelers on 3,616 domestic and 729 international routes.

“For fiscal year 2005, these contracts are expected to save the Government more than $2 billion,” said Donna Bennett, Commissioner of GSA's Federal Supply Service. “GSA and its airline partners continue to offer best value solutions that enable federal agencies to better allocate their resources to fulfill their important missions."

Each year, GSA's Federal Supply Service awards competitive contracts to U.S. Airlines, based on the best overall value to the Government. Average flight time, offered price, type of service, flight distribution and numbers of flights are all considered in determining the best value.  Building on its established acquisition mission, GSA ensures that government travelers have a program that meets all the requirements and sets a standard of excellence and compliance in contracting procedures.

Dual fares will continue to be available in more than 2,300 markets, as will unrestricted contract fares continue to be available in all markets.

Federal employees on official government travel can save even more when the book early, since capacity-controlled fares are restricted to the number of seats available at that reduced fare and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

GSA's City Pair Program continues to offer federal travelers advantages over commercial fares, such as last seat availability, fully refundable tickets and no charge for cancellations or schedule changes. Also, the City Pair Program helps agencies better plan their travel budgets, because the unrestricted fare price remains the same throughout the one-year contract starting Oct. 1 and ending Sept. 30, 2005.

Under the City Pair Program, two contract rates are awarded:

  • Unrestricted fare (YCA).
  • Capacity-controlled fare (_CA).

For example:

 Market YCA  _CA 
 Washington (National)/Kansas City $180  $110 
 Detroit/San Jose $199  $155 
 Washington (Baltimore)/Dallas-Ft. Worth $249  $118 
 Los Angeles/Singapore $460  $335 
 Tampa/London $257  $171 
 Honolulu $214  $166 

Discounts are generally greater in larger markets.

In the evaluation criteria, considerable weight was given to customers' strong preference for non-stop service. Non-stop service was awarded in 1,674 markets which is 96% of markets where non-stop service was offered.

Awards were made to the following airlines:

 Carrier No. of City Pairs  Estimated $ Value 
 Delta Air Lines  1,426  $252,008,697
 United Airlines  697  $155,113,630
 American Airlines  835  $144,776,901
 US Airways  462  $99,864,530
 Northwest Airlines  294  $48,593,440
 Continental Airlines  121  $30,101,918
 Alaska Airlines  92  $29,832,208
 America West Airlines  120  $22,471,741
 Southwest Airlines  215  $21,553,931
 Midwest Airlines  27  $5,890,549
 AirTran Airways  35  $5,027,075
 Frontier Airlines  6  $2,232,498
 ATA  15  $1,955,548
 TOTAL  4,345  $819,422,666

GSA is a centralized federal procurement, property management and policy agency, created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. On behalf of federal agencies, GSA acquires office space, equipment, telecommunications, information technology, supplies and services. It also plays a key role in developing and implementing government wide policies. GSA’s 13,000 associates provide services and solutions for office operations for more than one million federal workers located in more than 8,000 government-owned and leased buildings in 2,000 U.S. communities.