Agent groups oppose bid by American, British Airways

12/4/2008 | Travel Weekly

ASTA and the Interactive Travel Services Association are urging the Department of Transportation to gather additional information from American Airlines, British Airways and their Oneworld partners regarding how antitrust immunity will affect those in the distribution channel. "As with other grants of antitrust immunity, travel agents could be harmed by the combined market power of the joint applicants, with less airline revenues to travel agents resulting in higher fees to consumers, or degraded participation in OTAs [online travel agencies] leading to lessened independence and transparency in fare search venues," the groups said in a joint petition to the DOT.

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