This year looks set to be little different as businesses cut travel budgets and consumers put off holiday plans. Investment in all airlines' activities will come under scrutiny, and IT is no exception.

"Some airlines have decided they want to move to a new IT platform, but not now," says Hans Jorgensen, vice-president for strategic airline and partner programmes at Amadeus, a specialist IT provider to the travel industry. "They can't spend the $100m to implement [new systems] right now. But it is not a question of if, but when they invest."

In fact, not all airlines are putting off technology plans. Carriers such as Lufthansa are mid-way through significant IT upgrades that are set to continue and even airlines that have yet to commit to significant spending might find that deferring projects is counter productive.

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