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GSA Increases City Pair Program Carriers to 8 for FY 2017; Tom Sharpe Comments

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Tom Sharpe
Tom Sharpe
Tom Sharpe

The General Services Administration has awarded eight U.S. carriers a set of air travel contracts to provide discounted fares for federal government officials.

Carriers will offer pre-negotiated and firm-fixed-price airfare rates to government officials under GSA’s fiscal year 2017 City Pair Program that had seven participants in FY 2016, GSA said Friday.

GSA’s City Pair program aims to help the federal government decide how it prefers to book air travel and avoid cancellation or change fees.

The 2017 rates will take effect on Oct. 1.

Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe said the program’s goal is to help agencies in getting “the best possible price for government travelers and passing those savings on to taxpayers.”

GSA selected the carriers based on the availability of non-stop service, total number of flights, flight availability, average elapsed flight time, jet service availability and price of service.

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