AA, Travelport, Sabre All Claim Victory in Antitrust Ruling
American Airlines, Travelport and Sabre are all claiming vindication in a federal court’s decision to dismiss all but one count of American Airlines’ antitrust case against Travelport. Sabre said that it still would like to negotiate a new distribution agreement with American. The court also dismissed all antitrust claims against Orbitz Worldwide.
In a decision issued earlier this week, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas dismissed AA’s claims that Travelport monopolizes distribution to travel agencies, that Travelport entered into a conspiracy with travel agencies to monopolize distribution, that Travelport’s agreements with airlines and travel agencies unlawfully restrain trade, and that Travelport’s actions are illegal under Texas state law.
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