Optimizing XML parsing in Python

At work we consume lots of SOAP webservices, its probably a GDS thing. The most common type of request is flight availability search.

Due to the sheer response size, they can be taxing to parse. It’s about time we take a Paretofied approach and optimize this critical 20ish percent of our code. So with the goal of optimizing the parse function, here are the steps taken (using python>=3.4 and lxml)

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