A research report released last week by ETTSA confirms that airline consolidation limits competition and reduces consumer choice. Mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and code-share agreements have led to reduced competition, fewer choices and higher prices for consumers.

The report has been supported by the European Federation of Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Associations (ECTAA), the European Passengers’ Federation (EPF), the European Technology & Travel Services Association (ETTSA) and air passenger watchdog Friendly Flying.

“The study shows clearly the need to reassess the effects of consolidation on airline competition and the European consumer. An attack on transparency is an attack on twenty five years of a successful EU air transport policy. Europe has the legal instruments and the regulatory framework to prevent further detrimental impact on the consumer from airline consolidation. Obtaining tickets for the best price is of main interest for passengers in any mode of transport”, concludes Josef Schneider, Chairman of the European Passengers’ Federation.

The study can be consulted here.