GSA announced a new slate of contracts with airlines for discounted federal travel in fiscal 2011 under the City Pairs program. Employees will be able to book flights to 4,299 domestic destinations and 1,423 international locations. (JOHN ZICH / USA TODAY VIA GANNETT NEW SERVICE)
Federal employees will be able to fly to 749 new destinations using the government's discounted air travel program City Pairs beginning Oct. 1, the General Services Administration said today.
GSA announced a new slate of contracts with airlines for discounted federal travel in fiscal 2011 under the City Pairs program. Employees will be able to book flights to 4,299 domestic destinations and 1,423 international locations.
Three new airlines will join the program in October — Continental, Hawaiian and Southwest — bringing the total number of participating carriers to 13. Southwest will fly to 305 domestic locations, Continental will fly to 46 international stops and Hawaiian will go to 12 domestic and two international locations.
The three largest participating airlines are American, offering flights to 1,622 domestic and international locations next year; Delta, going to 1,556 locations; and United, with 1,033 stops.
Federal air fares booked through City Pairs during the upcoming contract year will be 68 percent below commercial air fares on average, generating $6.3 billion in savings to taxpayers, GSA said.
"Over the past year, GSA's focus on finding additional cost avoidance while increasing choice and flexibility has once again created an even more dynamic City Pairs program that continues to lead the industry with firm fixed pricing, flexible policy and governmentwide savings," said Steven Kempf, GSA's acting commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service.
Employees can view fares and availability of City Pairs flights online at http://apps.fas.gsa.gov/citypairs/search.