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Airline Analyst Calls Agency Commission Growth 'Alarming'

United Airlines during its quarterly earnings call last week reported double-digit-percentage growth in corporate revenue on a year-over-year basis. With revenue come selling and distribution costs, and Wolfe Research analyst Hunter Keay seized on one of them: the "alarming" growth in commissions paid to travel management companies.

Court Tosses Suit Between Hotel Commission Recovery Firms

A U.S. district court in New York dismissed all remaining claims this month in the dispute between hotel commission recovery specialists and one-time partners eCommission Solutions and CTS Systems.

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."

Delta Cuts Upfront Commissions For Some Preferred Agencies

Several agency sources said Delta this week cut front-end U.S. point-of-sale incentives on international tickets for multiple agencies.

U.K. To Adopt EU GDS Regulations, Just As Europe Looks To Revise Them

As it prepares for divorce from the European Union, the U.K. no doubt has bigger priorities than to iron out its governing regulations for airline distribution and global distribution systems. Opting to maintain the status quo, the U.K. has chosen to adopt, upon its March 29 exit from the EU, the European Commission's decade-old computer reservations system code of conduct.

Before Take-Private Deal, Travelport Explored Other Options, Suitors

In the run-up to Travelport's agreement last month to go private with Siris Capital Group and Evergreen Coast Capital, 10 different "financial sponsors" and five "strategic parties" emerged as potential suitors for the global distribution system operator or its assets.

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.

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.

Corporate Travel App-Builder Roadmap Takes In Funding For Next Phase Of Growth

Since Roadmap launched three years ago, several large enterprise clients have commissioned the tech company to build bespoke, company-branded mobile apps for their corporate travelers. Founder-funded at launch, Roadmap last week announced its first round of external funding to drive its next 18-month chapter of growth.

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.