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CarTrawler signs car-rental partnership with low-cost airline Eurowings


Cormac Barry, CEO of CarTrawler

Cormac Barry, CEO of CarTrawler

Cormac Barry, CEO of CarTrawler

CarTrawler, an Irish technology company that provides digital car-hire services to the travel industry, has signed a car-rental partnership with German low-cost airline Eurowings.

The move comes as the travel sector continues to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Eurowings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa airline, joins Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Edelweiss as CarTrawler partners.

The partnership will allow Eurowings to “significantly expand” its car-rental business, increasing its offering for every customer segment, according to a statement from CarTrawler.

The deal will see CarTrawler, whose CEO is Cormac Barry, overseeing the end-to-end car-rental offering for Eurowings.

The financial terms of the deal with Eurowings was not disclosed.

“We are delighted to announce this exclusive agreement with Eurowings, which will ensure that their car-rental offering aligns with their innovative and customer-experience-focused proposition,” said CarTrawler chief commercial officer Aileen McCormack.

“Our travel technology is world class and launching a partnership of this scale as the world still recovers from the pandemic is a testament to the quality of that technology but also an acknowledgement of the value that we are already adding within the wider Lufthansa Group.”

In July the company announced plans to create 50 jobs across product and technology, operations, commercial and customer service as part of a €10m investment. At the time it said the roles were being created largely based on the demand from new partnerships in new segments that the company has signed during the pandemic.

Dublin-headquartered CarTrawler was established in 2004 by Irish brothers Niall and Greg Turley. They made around €80m from the 2011 sale to private equity firm ECI, and kept a 25pc stake. The Turleys exited the business in 2014.

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