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Ticketing Giant Sabre Heads for Trial of US Air Antitrust Claims

March 25, 2022, 8:50 PM

Sabre Holding Corp. must face a trial of antitrust claims brought by the former US Airways Inc., which merged with American Airlines Inc., over its alleged monopoly on ticketing transactions between air carriers and travel agents, a federal judge in Manhattan ruled.

Judge Lorna G. Schofield denied Sabre’s bid for summary judgment Thursday, saying the evidence could persuade a jury the company exploited its “lock” on roughly 50% of the market to overcharge for access to its pool of affiliated travel agents and punish airlines that circumvented its platform.

Schofield, writing for the U.S. District Court for the Southern ...