The US Justice Department Antitrust Division’s probe of the global distribution systems is apparently alive and well — and travel agencies in North America apparently are getting dragged right into the middle of the fray.
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The U.S. Dept. of Justice inquiry into Sabre’s termination of its developer’s agreement with Farelogix in March and allegations of anti-competitive practices has headed into Canada.
Graham Wareham, senior director of product distribution for Air Canada, says the DOJ recently interviewed him “with a big series of questions” about Sabre’s market position in Canada, and the tack that the airline is taking with travel agency customers.
Wareham says the DOJ reserved the right to return with further questions for Air Canada, which distributes its inventory through both Sabre and Farelogix.
“I personally see this as a huge negative for the customer,” Wareham says, referring to the Sabre-Farelogix dispute.