Federal Manager's Daily Report

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GSA has awarded new contracts under its city pair program, which set pre- and firm-fixed-price air fares for federal travelers at a 51 percent discount from comparable commercial fares that the agency says will yield a saving of about $2.7 billion.

Eight major U.S. carriers were awarded contracts for fiscal 2020 based on criteria including availability of non-stop service, total number of flights, flight availability, average elapsed flight time, availability of jet service, and price of service. Domestic rates were increased by $1 on average to $229 while international rates increased by $20 to $749 on average; new rates will become effective October 1.

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“In addition to offering considerable discounts, the city pair program allows the federal government maximum flexibility in how it books air travel, with benefits including no cancellation or change fees,” an announcement said.

The program will cover more than 12,000 markets worldwide with more than 2,500 direct flights.