The Lufthansa Group is disputing a report that its GDS bookings in Europe plummeted in the two weeks after the company implemented a controversial GDS surcharge of 16 euros.

“Currently there is no significant change of the overall booking situation within the Lufthansa Group,” spokeswoman Claudia Lange said in an email to Travel Weekly on Thursday. “We are in line with the statements and forecasts given regarding the booking figures.”

Her comment came on the heels of a report by travel technology publication Tnooz on Thursday that the four Lufthansa Group airlines (Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Swiss International Airlines) saw a 16.1 % year-over-year decline in European GDS bookings between Sept. 1 and Sept. 14.

By comparison, the story said, Lufthansa's Europe bookings were flat year-to-date through August. Meanwhile, other leading legacy carriers saw an aggregate growth of 4.1% in their European bookings through the Sabre, Amadeus and Travelport GDSs during September's first two weeks. Tnooz said that it obtained the data through an undisclosed third party, and that the information was only intended to be circulated among senior executives at Sabre.

Sabre did not immediately respond to an email for comment Thursday afternoon.

According to the data, Lufthansa lost significant market share during the first half of this month on several of its major routes, including Frankfurt-New York, Frankfurt-London and Berlin-Vienna.

In the weeks before and after Lufthansa's imposition of the surcharge on Sept. 1, travel agents and corporate customers chafed at the plan, saying that it threatened the entire distribution model that the industry is built upon. Some agents said that they would avoid GDS bookings with Lufthansa when possible, and also that they had no plan to book direct to avoid the surcharge.

The figures reported today suggest that those claims are coming to fruition. U.S travel agencies that use Sabre did 24.8% less in volume with Lufthansa during the first two weeks of September than they did during that period last year, Tnooz reported.

Lufthansa suggested that such numbers should be view with skepticism.

“The first weeks of September were heavily influenced by a pilot’s strike action as well as other seasonal effects,” Lange said. “We certainly will give the public detailed and reliable sales figures within our regular financial reporting.”

Lufthansa was forced to cancel more than 1,000 flights on Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 due to a pilot's strike.

Bill Florence, spokesman for Travelport, said that the company is analyzing its Lufthansa bookings for the first half of September and expects to have the data compiled by Friday.

Amadeus did not immediately respond to an email for comment Thursday afternoon.

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