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The EU Commission closes its probe into major EU airlines’ incentive schemes for travel agents (Virgin / BA / KLM)

"Commission closes probe into major EU airlines’ incentive schemes for travel agents"* The Commission has recently closed its investigations into the incentive schemes for travel agents operated by several EU airlines. It had to ascertain that these incentive schemes were not used by dominant carriers to remunerate travel agents for their loyalty, thereby creating illegal barriers to entry for their competitors. In several cases the Commission’s investigation has triggered an in-depth reform or even a complete replacement of existing incentive schemes with a view to bringing them into conformity with EU competition rules. The first case the Commission had to deal with arose from a complaint from Virgin against British Airways ‘ system of commissions for UK travel agents. Acting upon

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Oliver Stehman, Christine Tomboy, The EU Commission closes its probe into major EU airlines’ incentive schemes for travel agents (Virgin / BA / KLM), 14 July 1999, e-Competitions July 1999, Art. N° 36915

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