Lufthansa signed a series of ‘direct connect’ deals to by-pass global distribution systems in Germany and a deal with Google Flights to by-pass travel agents in the US. The deals will avoid the €16 Distribution Cost Charge Lufthansa imposed on all GDS bookings at the start of September. The agreements with German tour operator Bucher Reisen and German air ticket consolidator AERTiCKET have gone live, with the pair now connected to the Lufthansa Group reservations system. The carrier said travel agency chain Lufthansa City Center, which is not part of the Lufthansa group despite its name, has also agreed to develop a direct connection. The three companies will avoid the €16 Distribution Cost Charge (DCC) Lufthansa imposed on all GDS bookings at the start of September. At the same time, Lufthansa announced a deal with Google Flights to offer US consumers a ‘Book on Google’ function, primarily aimed at mobile bookings. Get the full story at Travolution and Travel Weekly