While Sabre Holdings was disappointed by a recent Ontario, Canada, court decision in its dispute with IATA, the company said the case and decision “did not in any way address or affect airline-GDS relationships or the existing distribution model.”
The Ontario court ruled in IATA’s favor over its right to re-sell data. The court decision drew support from agency group ARTA-Canada. (TravelAgentCentral, Jan.13)
“We are naturally disappointed with the decision in this case. We respectfully disagree with the Court’s conclusion and are currently assessing our legal options,” Sabre said. “While this is an important case for Sabre, the decision focuses solely on the very narrow question of whether IATA had the right to re-sell as part of its market intelligence products data that Sabre supplies to the BSPs for ticketing and ticket settlement purposes.
“The case and decision did not in any way address or affect airline-GDS relationships or the existing distribution model. This case has no impact on US-based travel agencies as IATA does not include data from US travel agents."