Articles tagged “regulators”

Airlines

Japan Approves Korean Air and Asiana Mega-Merger, But Two Huge Hurdles Remain

Any celebration in Seoul will likely be muted, as airline chiefs know the biggest regulatory challenges are yet to come.

Japan Approves Korean Air and Asiana Mega-Merger, But Two Huge Hurdles Remain

Airlines

Biden Administration Wants Congress to Mandate Flight Delay Compensation

The Biden administration wants a law that would mandate airlines pay cash compensation for delays in some cases, similar to how the European Union handles the issue. But the chance Congress will agree is low.

Biden Administration Wants Congress to Mandate Flight Delay Compensation

Airlines

Frontier Sweetens Spirit Deal With $250 Million Break-Up Fee

Keen to secure its $2.9 billion acquisition of Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines is determined to not let anything come in its way of creating the fifth-largest U.S. airline. JetBlue, for its part, is waiting in the wings. Over to the regulators.

Frontier Sweetens Spirit Deal With $250 Million Break-Up Fee

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

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

Online Travel

Google-Waze deal to get close anti-trust review

Unlikely the deal will get tripped up in anti-trust, Waze is too small to have ever become a material competitor, and its elimination from the market doesn't change much from competitive scenario.

Airlines

Delta-Virgin Atlantic deal gets U.S. and European regulatory clearance