Transforming Mobility-as-a-Service through API connectivity:
The Qixxit and flyii partnership
Transport stands on a similar frontier to energy, facing its own data-driven, user-centric digital paradigm shift.
Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS), a key goal in the industry’s own digital transformation, requires a seamless end-to-end user service where all elements of any journey, from planning and booking to payment and disruption updates, are integrated on a single digital platform, regardless of the transport mode.
This cannot be done without data exchange between multiple service providers and it is largely facilitated by API-led connectivity. The recent partnership between Germany-based intermodal travel platform Qixxit and airline distribution start-up flyiin demonstrates the value of such integration for both API provider and API consumer.
Qixxit, spun originally out of Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures GmbH but bought out in 2019, is one of the first intermodal travel planner apps which also allows for one-stop payment checkout on its platform. By integrating with flyiin’s unique Airline Direct Connect API platform, Qixxit bypassed the time-consuming and costly challenge of integrating individual airline booking engines with its platform. Instead, it was able to combine easily accessible flight data through flyiin with that of buses and trains for the first time and deliver a rapidly growing truly intermodal digital product with a ‘one-click-booking’ customer-centric focus.