Sabre Holdings Corp. said today it would "aggressively defend" itself against US Airways' antitrust lawsuit, which it called "baseless and without merit."
US Airways yesterday filed suit against Sabre
seeking to halt what it calls "anticompetitive and anticonsumer practices," as well as to recover monetary damages.
Sabre said in a statement that the lawsuit was "yet another misguided attempt by an airline to use the courts to undermine a market-driven distribution model that has brought competition to the airline industry by providing consumers and the third parties that serve them with the ability to quickly and conveniently comparison shop for services across hundreds of airlines around the world."
Sabre further said that it competes with "multiple global distribution systems, online aggregation tools, airline websites, and other technologies for the business of thousands of travel buyers worldwide."
The GDS added that its customers "choose to work with Sabre for one simple reason: they value the innovative products and services we provide."
"We intend to aggressively defend against US Airways' lawsuit, pursue our own legal rights and take appropriate action to protect consumers' right to a transparent marketplace in which travelers can quickly and conveniently comparison shop among all competing airlines," Sabre said.