An Italian civil court issues a judgement finding an abuse of dominant position by airline company, in violation of Article 102 TFEU, consisting in the refusal to grant to online travel agencies access to the information on its flight tickets (Ryanair)

By judgement no. 7825/2013, the civil court of Milan (Tribunal of Milan) has assessed, from an antitrust perspective, the conducts carried out by Ryanair against Viaggiare S.r.l., an online travel agency (OTA) active in the sale of leisure and travel services, including the sales of Ryanair’s tickets. In particular, Viaggiare claimed that Ryanair abused its dominant position through the refusal, opposed from 2008, to grant access to the updated information on its flights tickets (prices, availability, routes, etc.) necessary to exercise the activity of intermediation in the online sale of flight tickets by an OTA. This proceeding is an example of stand-alone action, where the antitrust infringement is assessed and ascertained by a civil court without any previous investigation by a

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  • Legance - Studio Legale Associato (Rome)
  • Legance - Studio Legale Associato (Rome)

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Vito Auricchio, Valerio Mosca, An Italian civil court issues a judgement finding an abuse of dominant position by airline company, in violation of Article 102 TFEU, consisting in the refusal to grant to online travel agencies access to the information on its flight tickets (Ryanair), 4 June 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin Economic assessment of damages, Art. N° 60139

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