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Sabre and Amadeus Escape Unscathed From European Commission Antitrust Probe

The European Commission has found nothing illegal about the way two global distribution systems set up their agreements with travel agents and airlines.

The commission wanted to find out if any commercial terms set by Sabre and Amadeus made it harder for suppliers of new ticket distribution services to enter the market, as well as increase distribution costs for airlines.

“Our investigation into Amadeus and Sabre focuses on possible restrictions in competition in the market for airline ticket distribution services” said Commissioner Margrethe Vestager in November 2018, at the launch of investigation. “We are concerned that such restrictions could create barriers to innovation and raise ticket distribution costs, ultimately…

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