Articles tagged “european commission”

European Commission: Pack Light and Bring a Mask If Flying This Summer

European Commission: Pack Light and Bring a Mask If Flying This Summer

Marine Strauss and Gabriela Baczynska, Reuters

The summer travel season may not be a complete write-off for European airlines, but operations inside the cabin will look vastly different in an effort to protect passengers and crew.

3 months ago

Meliá Hotels Fined $7.2 Million by European Union for Antitrust Breach

Meliá Hotels Fined $7.2 Million by European Union for Antitrust Breach

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The European single market is a sacred thing and anyone caught trying to divide it up like the old days is liable to be on the receiving end of a punishment. In this case, Meliá's cooperation with the investigation has helped cut its fine.

6 months ago

Google Bows to European Pressure and Tests Adding Travel Rivals’ Direct Links

Google Bows to European Pressure and Tests Adding Travel Rivals’ Direct Links

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google has argued for years that its boxed-up and featured hotel, flight, and restaurant results are highlighted because they provide users with the "best answers." But in Europe, regulators may have pushed Google to acquiesce, offering its competitors some air time in its featured results by testing direct links.

6 months ago

Google’s Travel Services Aren’t a Focus of European Regulators Just Yet

Google’s Travel Services Aren’t a Focus of European Regulators Just Yet

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Over the last couple of years, rumors have been flying around that the European Union wanted to take a closer look at Google's travel tools. For now at least, that doesn't seem to be the case.

1 year ago

European Regulators Will Focus on Distributors’ Restrictive Airline Contracts

European Regulators Will Focus on Distributors’ Restrictive Airline Contracts

Sean O'Neill, Skift

It's anyone's guess whether travel distribution giants Amadeus and Sabre might have run afoul of the European Union's rules. But a look at the history of those companies' airline contracts provides clues as to what might be top of mind with investigators.

2 years ago

European Commission Is Probing Travel Distribution Systems for Anticompetitive Practices

European Commission Is Probing Travel Distribution Systems for Anticompetitive Practices

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Over the years, the big global distribution systems have been a major barrier to innovation by airlines and travel startups, in particular. The European Commission now intends to take a serious look at this dynamic.

2 years ago

$5 Billion EU Fine Against Google Brings Travel Back Into the Spotlight

$5 Billion EU Fine Against Google Brings Travel Back Into the Spotlight

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With another multibillion dollar fine handed down, we might be getting nearer to the European Commission taking a closer look at Google's travel products.

2 years ago