When in doubt, buy them out: The Tipline for 21 August 2019

21 August 2019

Critics have argued that the Department of Justice’s antitrust division was too lenient in approving airline mergers during the Obama administration amid a string of consolidation. Many of those same critics have argued US antitrust enforcers have been too lenient in approving technology mergers. Yesterday, the agency challenged a deal that encompasses both sectors. The division alleges Sabre’s acquisition of Farelogix is an attempt to eliminate a “disruptive competitor” in the market for airline flight booking services. Meanwhile, Sabre said the DOJ’s claims “reflect a fundamental misunderstanding of the industry”.