Italy Opens Probe Over Ryanair Market Dominance
Muhammad Irfan Published September 20, 2023 | 11:51 PM
Italy's antitrust watchdog said Wednesday it has opened an investigation into Ryanair over allegations the Irish low-cost airline is abusing its dominant market position
Rome, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th Sep, 2023 ) :Italy's antitrust watchdog said Wednesday it has opened an investigation into Ryanair over allegations the Irish low-cost airline is abusing its dominant market position.
The Italian Competition Authority accused Ryanair, which is the leading airline in Italy in terms of routes and flights offered, of trying to "extend its market power" by offering other tourist services such as hotel and car rental reservations.
"The carrier's conduct would harm travel agencies and consumers by attempting to extend its market power into the provision of other tourist services," the authority said.
Ryanair issued a typically defiant statement in response.
It expressed surprise that there was no investigation into why Ryanair flights and services offered by online travel agents were often far higher than those on its own site.
Ryanair had declared the move illegal and complained to the European Commission, before announcing that in response, it would reduce the number of flights to Sardinia and Sicily.