A consumer-led federal antitrust lawsuit filed in 2015 against the three major global distribution system operators has not achieved the class action status originally sought by plaintiffs, according to a court order this month.
Travelport president and CEO Gordon Wilson kicked off The Beat Live event this month and addressed airline control and commercial models in the context of the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard-making endeavor.
The U.S. Department of Transportation this month closed a comment period that asked anyone in the public to flag regulations or other department actions that are ripe for review or repeal.
As anticipated, the U.S. Department of Transportation this week officially withdrew a proposed rulemaking that would have required airlines and ticket agents to disclose at all points of sale itinerary-specific details on applicable fees for up to two checked bags and carry-on luggage.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on whether provisions in American Express' contracts with merchants are anticompetitive. The liberal wing of the court posed questions and offered statements to suggest they are.
Airline passengers impacted by some canceled flights and long delays or involuntary bumping in Europe are entitled to receive as much as €600 from culpable airlines under European Union law. Finalized in 2004 and taking effect the following year, EC Regulation 261 established "common rules on compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of denied boarding and of cancellation or long delay of flights." Around this passenger protection, an industry of claims chasers has proliferated. Some of them, the European Commission noted this month, are shady.
The three major global distribution system operators filed a joint motion last week asking a U.S. district court in New York to dismiss a class action consumer lawsuit filed in July 2015.
Ever since the jury verdict was returned in the Sabre-US Airways antitrust trial in federal court in New York City in December, a lot of us have been mulling over the fate of GDS-prescribed full content provisions contained in most airline-GDS distribution agreements.
The U.S. Department of Transportation released a new proposal to mandate the disclosure of ancillary fee information through the sales channels where airlines provide fare and schedule information.
The judge presiding over a consumer class action lawsuit against the three major global distribution system operators agreed to let federal claims proceed but sided with the GDSs in tossing state claims, according to an order last week.