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EU: EC opens antitrust investigation of air ticket distributors

 |  November 25, 2018

European Union regulators have launched an investigation into flight ticket distribution services on concerns that their agreements with airlines might result in more expensive plane tickets, reported Reuters.

The European Commission stated Friday, November 23, that it has opened an antitrust investigation into Amadeus and Sabre, two major “global distribution systems” for airline tickets.

The Commission is examining whether their contracts may restrict airlines and travel agents from using other suppliers.

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said she’s concerned any possible restrictions “could create carriers to innovation” and push up distribution costs for airlines, “ultimately raising ticket prices for travelers.”

Full Content: Reuters
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