GSA Discount Airfares Contracts Save $3.6 Billion
June 21, 2006
GSA # 10250
Contact: Viki Reath (202) 501-1231
Washington, DC –The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced that it has awarded one-year contracts, valued at nearly $2 billion, to 11 U.S. airlines, starting Oct. 1, 2006.
“As the premier federal acquisition agency, GSA is gratified to be able to continue to provide the flexibility and choice agencies need to accommodate changing travel patterns," said GSA Administrator Lurita Doan. "GSA's expertise in leveraging the government's buying power continues to result in contracts that average approximately 65 percent of the cost of full fares. For fiscal year 2007, we anticipate that the airfare discounts GSA has negotiated will save government and taxpayers $3.6 billion.
GSA awarded the contracts based on:
- Average flight time;
- Flight distribution;
- Number of flights.;
- Available seats;
- Fully refundable tickets;
- Penalty-free cancellations; and
- Penalty-free schedule changes .
Following is a list of contracted airlines, which offer best value to federal agencies and taxpayers:
|Carrier||No. of Routes||Estimated Value|
GSA Airline Contracts
Examples of the two-tier pricing, where the lower fares require advance planning, are:
|Washington (National)/Kansas City||$160||$105|
|Detroit/New York (LGA)||$176||$116|
City Pair airline fares are posted at http://apps.fss.gsa.gov/citypairs/search/.
GSA is a centralized, federal procurement, property management, policy development and information provision agency, created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. In this role, GSA acquires products and services on behalf of federal agencies; plays a key role in developing and implementing government-wide policies; provides services and solutions for the office operations of more than one million federal workers; and encourages a citizen-centric relationship with government by providing a single “point of entry” to the information and services citizens need in a timeframe they can appreciate. This allows citizens to receive accurate, timely and consistent answers and information, and helps federal agencies better respond to citizen inquiries.