Articles tagged “regulators”

Coronavirus

UK Blocks Sabre Acquisition of Farelogix as Anticompetitive

Sabre's arguments that UK regulators would merely fall in line if a U.S. court backed Sabre's merger with Farelogix were naive. The UK ruling was essentially correct about the proposed deal stifling innovation, and somewhere airlines are quietly celebrating the ruling.

UK Blocks Sabre Acquisition of Farelogix as Anticompetitive

Online Travel

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

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.

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

Airlines

UK Regulator Seeks to Force Ryanair to Compensate Strike-Hit Flyers

The Civil Aviation Authority's move to consider an enforcement action comes after the Irish carrier declined to compensate passengers over strike-related disruptions this summer. Ryanair said that courts in Germany, Spain, and Italy have already ruled that the strikes were an exceptional circumstance and that the airline doesn't owe compensation.

UK Regulator Seeks to Force Ryanair to Compensate Strike-Hit Flyers

Online Travel

Priceline’s Booking Defends Commissions After Swiss Launch Probe Into ‘Abusive’ Pricing

Regulators show fairly often that they don't understand the travel business. In many cases — according to Expedia, at least — commission levels have been falling in recent years, although hotels, particularly smaller ones or independents, still sometimes indeed get whacked.

Priceline’s Booking Defends Commissions After Swiss Launch Probe Into ‘Abusive’ Pricing

Airlines

Etihad Just Won a Small Battle in Its Air Berlin Codeshare Battle

German politics have been playing havoc with Air Berlin-Etihad codeshares. Their domestic codeshares are still being held hostage.

Etihad Just Won a Small Battle in Its Air Berlin Codeshare Battle

Media and PR

U.K. Regulator to Focus on Fakes at TripAdvisor and Other User Review Sites

UK regulation hasn't been the bastion of Internet freedoms when it comes to online reviews and advertising. Let's see what the bureaucrats come up with this time.

U.K. Regulator to Focus on Fakes at TripAdvisor and Other User Review Sites

Online Travel

Booking.com Settles With European Regulators & Agrees To Lower Hotel Rates

Booking.com Settles With European Regulators & Agrees To Lower Hotel Rates

SkiftX

Expedia and Orbitz Get Second Request For Documents from Justice Department

Unlike in the Google-ITA Software acquisition process, there is no organized, public campaign to stop Expedia's acquisition of Orbitz. But that doesn't man that competitors aren't whispering to the DOJ that the deal is bad for competition.

Expedia and Orbitz Get Second Request For Documents from Justice Department

Online Travel

The Online Travel Booking Game in Europe Is About to Get Really Interesting

Greed may or may not be good, but in travel metasearch complexity is good. New rules in Europe may make searching for a hotel room online all the more difficult.

The Online Travel Booking Game in Europe Is About to Get Really Interesting

Online Travel

Kayak Brings Back Advertisement Banned in the UK

Damn, if the UK's Advertising Standards Authority can't take a joke … Meanwhile, Kayak's Brain Surgery ad is obviously working and that's why the company brought it back.

Kayak Brings Back Advertisement Banned in the UK