As airlines seek to reclaim profits and acquire new customers, they must face complex relationships with OTAs and metasearch engines. In this position paper, we consider how performance marketing, search-engine optimization, and renewed attention to content can drive direct-channel conversions — sparing airlines steep third-party commissions and fees while growing loyalty and market share among new and existing segments of their consumer base.
The report examines:
- Winning direct-channel customers
- The impact of competitor/partner relationships
- Where flight search begins, and their results.