The Cypriot Competition Authority rules that the incentive scheme offered to travel agents constitutes an abuse of its dominant position in violation of the national law (Helios Airways / Cyprus Airways)

In 2004 Helios Airways Ltd (hereinafter “Helios”) submitted a complaint against Cyprus Airways Ltd (hereinafter “CA”) for abusing its dominant position in violation of section 4 and/or 6 of the Cypriot Law 207(?)/89 (“Law to Provide for the Control and Suppression of Restrictive Trade Agreements and Practices, the Protection of Competition and the Establishment of a Commission for the Protection of Competition and Other related Matters”, hereinafter cited as Cypriot Competition Act). CA was offering an incentive scheme to travel agents which, according to Helios's assertions, didn't allow travel agents to sell tickets of other airlines (including those of the complainant) without suffering significant economic losses. As a result, it was impossible for Helios to ensure that its tickets

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Kleopatra Koutra, The Cypriot Competition Authority rules that the incentive scheme offered to travel agents constitutes an abuse of its dominant position in violation of the national law (Helios Airways / Cyprus Airways), 16 December 2004, e-Competitions December 2004, Art. N° 527

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