IMPLEMENTATION OF A SEAT RESERVATION SYSTEM (A CASE STUDY OF ARIK AIRLINE)
This research work is centered on the design and implementation of seat reservation system for Arik Airline. It is meant to design a system that will automatically generate seat numbers for passengers. The system is designed using Microsoft visual basis 6.0 along side with Microsoft access which is used as the database of the system. The main objective for this design is to achieve the following, To ensure prompt allocation of airline seat reservation system for passengers, The Airline Seat Reservation System is to assist the airline with transactions related to making ticket reservations, which includes blocking, reserving, canceling and rescheduling tickets, Minimize repetitive work done by the system reservation clerks and to minimize the number of vacant seats on a flight and maximize flight capacity utilization. The justification of this system is meant to overcome the problems that were observed from the manual system that was used before now. It is therefore recommended that Arik airline should embrace this system so as to enhance their service delivering.
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
An Airline Seat Reservation System is part of the Passenger Service Systems (PSS), which are applications supporting the direct contact with the passenger. The Airline Seat Reservations System (ASRS) was one of the earliest changes to improve efficiency. The Airline Seat Reservations System (ASRS) eventually evolved into the Computer Reservations System (CRS). A Computer Reservation System is used for the reservations of a particular airline and interfaces with a Global Distribution System (GDS) which supports travel agencies and other distribution channels in making reservations for most major airlines in a single system.
Airline Seat Reservations Systems contain airline schedules, fare tariffs, passenger reservations and ticket records. An airline’s direct distribution works within their own reservation system, as well as pushing out information to the GDS. A second type of direct distribution channel are consumers who use the internet or mobile applications to make their own reservations. Travel agencies and other indirect distribution channels access the same Global Distribution System (GDS) as those accessed by the airlines’ reservation systems, and all messaging is transmitted by a standardized messaging system that functions on two types of messaging that transmit on a High Level Network. These message types are called Type A for remarks-like communications and Type B for secured information. Prior to deregulation, airlines owned their own reservation seat systems with travel agents subscribing to them. Today, the Global Distribution System (GDS) are run by independent companies with airlines and travel agencies as major subscribers.
Before now, the entire system was done manually which involves a stressful process and at the same time waste time in the process of reserving seat for passengers. As a result of this problem encountered by Arik airline, it was important to for the air line to computerize the system so as to enhance and prevent the short comings that were associated wit the manual system and to prevent rush.