Italy's antitrust authority has launched an investigation against Ryanair over its allegations of abuse of dominant market position.
This was reported by AFP.
The Italian regulator believes that Ryanair, which ranks first in the country in terms of the number of routes and flights, is trying to increase its market share by offering other travel services such as hotel reservations and car rentals.
This, the agency suspects, harms Italian travel agencies, which are forced to buy airline tickets through the booking platform, which puts them in a "significantly less favorable position" in terms of prices and services.
Ryanair responded by welcoming an investigation by Italy's antitrust regulator, which will make it clear to passengers that they should book (tickets - Ed.) directly.
The carrier was also rhetorically surprised by the lack of an investigation into why prices for Ryanair flights and services offered by travel agencies are often much higher than on its website.
Author - Olena Madiak, 21/09/2023