CASE COMMENTS: MERGER - HORIZONTAL MERGER - PHASE II - TWO-SIDED MARKETS - RISK OF BOTTLENECKS AND VERTICAL CROSS-MARKET EFFECTS

Bottlenecks - Vertical cross-market effects: The European Commission approves an horizontal merger in the sector of electronic travel distribution services via global distribution systems due to the development of the negotiation power of operators of such systems (Travelport/Worldspan)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. – EC Comm, 21 August 2007, Travelport/Worldspan, Case COMP/M.4523 In a decision of 21 August 2007, the Commission cleared in phase II, but without commitments, the acquisition of sole control of Worldspan by Travelport in the sector of electronic travel distribution services via Global Distribution Systems (GDS). Travelport, a subsidiary of Blackstone, is active in the integration of content from airlines, hotels, car rental agencies and other travel service providers (TSPs) and operates the Galileo GDS. Worldspan offers travel distribution services through its GDS, Worldspan. The transaction therefore reduces the number of GDS providers active in the EEA

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Jérôme Philippe, Bottlenecks - Vertical cross-market effects: The European Commission approves an horizontal merger in the sector of electronic travel distribution services via global distribution systems due to the development of the negotiation power of operators of such systems (Travelport/Worldspan), 30 January 2008, Concurrences N° 1-2008, Art. N° 15338, pp. 145-146

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