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Sabre-Farelogix Deal Said to Harm Air Travelers as Trial Closes (1)

Feb. 6, 2020, 8:34 PMUpdated: Feb. 6, 2020, 10:46 PM

Sabre Corp.'s acquisition of airline booking provider Farelogix Inc. must be blocked because it will harm both major airlines and U.S. travelers, the Justice Department said in closing arguments of a seven-day antitrust trial over the $360 million merger.

Airline executive testimony, internal corporate memos, and other documents show that Farelogix was a disruptive rival to Sabre, a dominant player in the airline booking industry, forcing it to lower fees in order to compete, DOJ trial attorney Julie Elmer told a Delaware federal court Thursday.

Such competition has led to lower prices for airlines and consumers, and should be allowed ...