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Exclusive: ETTSA files EU antitrust complaint against Lufthansa

Exclusive: ETTSA files EU antitrust complaint against Lufthansa
FILE PHOTO: A Lufthansa Airbus A321-100 airplane takes off from the airport in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, July 29, 2018. REUTERS/Paul Hanna/File Photo -
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Travel lobbying group ETTSA, whose members include Amadeus <AMA.MC> and booking.com, on Wednesday urged EU antitrust regulators to investigate Lufthansa’s <LHAG.DE> surcharges and other allegedly discriminatory measures against travel agents.

In its complaint to the European Commission’s antitrust unit seen by Reuters, the association said Lufthansa’s fees have cost consumers using independent distribution channels more than 1 billion euros (901.33 million pounds) since 2015.

German online travel agent VIR is a joint complainant in the case. ETTSA’s (European Technology and Travel Services Association) other members are Odigeo, Opodo, ebookers, eDreams <EDRE.MC>, Sabre <SABR.O>, Travelport <TVPT.N> and hotels.com, among others.

(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; editing by Robin Emmott)

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