It’s certainly no secret that while Farelogix doesn’t like to start fights, we seldom back away from a good one, especially one that threatens innovation, competition, or our business. It is also no secret that we have been embroiled in a number of airline/GDS lawsuits, a Department of Justice investigation into the possible antitrust activities of the GDSs, and a few rounds with the DOT. We, like many others, have the scars of ongoing business disruption and legal fees to show for it.
We continue to fight because we believe things are not right in the GDS-dominated indirect distribution channel and consumers, corporations, airlines, tech companies, and, yes, even travel agencies, are paying the price. With all the allegations and investigations going around, I wonder if the old saying is true: Where there is smoke, there’s fire.
In case you missed it, check out United States District Judge Terry R. Means’ Sealed (now unsealed) Order Denying Motions (by Travelport, Sabre, and Orbitz) to Dismiss the antitrust lawsuit filed by American Airlines. Not only may you find it an interesting read, you can judge for yourself whether there really is some fire here.
As always, your comments are welcome.