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IATA battles on to maintain competition in airline market intelligence products


Photo: flickrThe International Air Transport Association (IATA) is seeking an EU wide Declaratory Judgment from the Amsterdam District Court confirming that the PaxIS product does not infringe on Travelport’s database rights in any of the member States of the European Economic Area.  
This action follows IATA’s recent victory in a dispute with Travelport concerning data used by PaxIS. On 1 October, the Amsterdam District Court denied an application by Travelport for a preliminary injunction that would have blocked IATA’s use of airline data stored in Travelport databases for PaxIS. The 1 October decision relied on multiple grounds, including arguments that go to the merits of the case.
In its ongoing efforts to preserve competition for airline data transaction products, and with a view of bringing certainty to the market place, IATA is now seeking a permanent decision on the merits that will bring this matter to a close with an EU-wide decision.
In the meantime, IATA will continue to vigorously defend the airlines’ right to control and benefit from airline data. “It goes against common sense that airline suppliers would take sole control over airline data. The industry is losing billions. Improving efficiency, not restricting competition, should be the common goal of every player in the supply chain,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

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