A federal judge in the USA has denied a request by online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide, Sabre Holdings and Travelport to have a lawsuit filed by American Airlines dismissed. The suit accuses the companies of antitrust violations.
The decision by US district judge Terry Means in Fort Worth, Texas, had been under seal and was only made public following a request by the parties. American Airlines accused the defendants of monopolising how fares and flights are distributed to travel agents.
Judge Means had previously dismissed some claims by American Airlines, but he allowed the company to submit a second amended complaint. In his most recent decision, he found that American had adequately alleged that the defendants engaged in a conspiracy to preserve their market power.