The Italian Supreme Court rules on the abuse of a dominant market position of a company in the aviation sector and reinstates the criteria needed to determine the relevant market (Ryanair)

The facts of this case date back to 2007, when Ryanair decided to exclude all intermediaries from relations with its customers and directed all consumer internet traffic to its website, where other services were also offered by operators and commercial partners of the company, which therefore received revenues in competition with those of travel agencies (Online Travel Agencies, OTA). In addition, the low-cost airline began to launch a series of discredit campaigns against Lastminute Group and Viaggiare (travel agencies). An action that was legally punished by the Court of Appeal of the Canton of Ticino. And this was only the first of the legal steps taken to curb Ryanair's policy. The position of OTAs (Online Travel Lastminute and Viaggiare (travel agencies) sued Ryanair for being

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Isabella Carcione, The Italian Supreme Court rules on the abuse of a dominant market position of a company in the aviation sector and reinstates the criteria needed to determine the relevant market (Ryanair), 12 November 2019, e-Competitions Unilateral practices in the digital market, Art. N° 99752

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