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GSA says airfares for official travel lower in fiscal 2014

The General Services Administration last week said the air travel contracts it has awarded to 10 U.S. carriers for fiscal 2014 will save about $2.2 billion a year.

The General Services Administration last week said the air travel contracts it has awarded to 10 U.S. carriers for fiscal 2014 will save about $2.2 billion a year.

GSA’s City Pair Program provides pre-negotiated airfare rates for federal official travel. GSA said City Pair airfares are as much as 59 percent less than commercial airfares, and that overall rates for 2014 are "consistently below corporate benchmark rates in all top markets."

The program also lets feds on official travel adjust or cancel flights at no additional cost to the government.

GSA said program will offer 25 percent more routes in fiscal 2014, and that non-stop flights have been expanded by 20 percent to 1,887 routes. Moreover, average one-way ticket prices for domestic flights have dropped 4 percent from last year, and international rates have dropped 7 percent, GSA said.

GSA also said that flights to secondary markets—which were not awarded last year because there were lower-cost commercial flights—have been awarded in fiscal 2014 because airlines offered GSA competitive pricing in this round.

The 2014 rates will become effective Oct. 1, 2013.

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