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Recent Moves By Lufthansa, Other Euro Airliners Could Be Bad For Companies Like Travelport, Sabre

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Recent Moves By Lufthansa, Other Euro Airliners Could Be Bad For Companies Like Travelport, Sabre

Travelport Worldwide Ltd (NYSE: TVPT) and Sabre Corp (NASDAQ: SABR) plunged Friday as two European airlines announced new fees on tickets purchased through global distribution systems, which facilitate booking transactions between travel services and agencies.

British Airways plc (ADR) (OTC: BAIRY) and Iberia will begin to enforce the 8-pound surcharge in November.

"We will continue to work with the GDS providers to distribute our content to valued agency partners via existing solutions,” the companies said in a statement. “However, these systems and their traditional technology solutions currently carry significantly greater costs to BA and IB.”

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The cost of GDS bookings is about 2 percent of a total sale, according to a 2016 report by Amadeus.

To bolster revenue, the airlines intend to route customers directly through their in-house portals, and a surcharge imposition disincentivizes buyers from working with GDS, whose primary advantage is facilitation of automated purchases through price-comparison sites.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG (OTC: DLAKY) (ETR: LHA) implemented similar fees in September 2015, charging GDS companies 16 euros per ticket, while Ukraine International Airlines imposed a $9 fee in April.

At the time of publication, Sabre was trading down 1.6 percent and Travelport 3.8 percent, while Britain’s Amadeus It Group SA (BME: AMS) was down 4 percent.

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