Posted November 23, 2018

Europe Opens Antitrust Probe Into Amadeus And Sabre, Eying Agreements With Airlines, Agencies

The European Commission on Friday announced it has opened an investigation into Amadeus and Sabre to explore whether the agreements each has with airlines and travel agencies "restrict competition in breach of E.U. antitrust rules." Read More »
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Posted July 19, 2018

GDS And OTA Lobby Escalates Lufthansa Complaint In Europe

A European trade body that represents global distribution systems and online travel agencies filed a complaint Thursday with a European watchdog. It alleges that authorities failed to adequately investigate Lufthansa Group's 16 euro global distribution system surcharge and to enforce European Union regulations. Read More »
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Posted April 2, 2018

As Distribution Evolves, Europe Opens Complex Review Of GDS Regulations

The European Commission is reviewing "all provisions" of its code of conduct for computerized reservations systems, which is the governing regulation for global distribution systems in the European Union. Read More »
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Posted September 14, 2017

GDS Lobby Says European Commission Is 'Dragging Its Feet' On Lufthansa Surcharge Probe

The European Commission is deliberately "dragging its feet" over an investigation into Lufthansa Group’s €16 surcharge on global distribution system bookings, according to the European Technology and Travel Services Association. The GDS and online travel agency trade body is working with Members of European Parliament, or MEPs, to force a decision from the commission over whether Lufthansa's GDS surcharge breaches European regulations on computer reservations systems, a synonym for GDSs. Read More »
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Posted September 16, 2015

GDS Trade Group Says Lufthansa Agent Portal Is A CRS, Files European Commission Complaint

The trade association that represents global distribution systems and online travel agencies in Europe filed a formal complaint with the European Commission on Monday alleging the Lufthansa Group has breached regulations on computerized reservations systems. Read More »
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Posted July 24, 2015

ECTAA Complaint Against Lufthansa Calls Airline Agent Portal A 'CRS'

European travel agent association ECTAA on Friday filed a "formal complaint" with the European Commission against the Lufthansa Group, challenging its proposed €16 surcharge set to take effect in September. Read More »
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Posted December 3, 2013

Europe Has Little Appetite To Follow Potential DOT Distribution Path

The U.S. Department of Transportation's potentially disruptive proposed air travel distribution rulemaking remains under review at the Office of Management and Budget, according to a DOT spokesman. Read More »
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Posted June 27, 2012

GEBTA: Airlines Illegally Charging Different Prices By Country For Same Fare

The Guild of European Business Travel Agents has complained to the European Commission that airlines illegally are offering the same fare at different prices in different European Union member states. According to GEBTA, such sales violate EU Regulation 1008/2008, which prohibits discrimination in access to airfares, and compromise the effectiveness in particular of pan-European service centers operated by the larger travel management companies. Read More »
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Posted December 16, 2011

EC Rules IATA PaxIS Data Violates CRS Code

The European Commission provisionally has ruled that the International Air Transport Association's PaxIS data product breaches the European Union CRS Code of Conduct because it identifies ticket sales at the travel agency level. Read More »
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Posted July 18, 2011

European Commission To Release GDS Market Study This Autumn

The European Commission this autumn will release results of a recently commissioned study "to check whether and how market conditions in the CRS market may have changed in the last years." The European global distribution system regulations are known as the CRS Code of Conduct.

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