The Lufthansa Group has filed a lawsuit against Sabre and asked a Tarrant County, TX, court to clarify the companies’ contract, after the GDS company said Lufthansa breached its contract.
According to Lufthansa’s complaint, Sabre said the carrier’s €16 surcharge on GDS bookings violates the contract, because it does not also apply to the airline’s direct connection or its agency website, which Sabre said perform the same function as a GDS.
In a statement, Sabre said, “Just as Lufthansa would fully expect Sabre to honor all aspects of our contractual relationship, Sabre has expressed its concern to Lufthansa, on multiple occasions, about Lufthansa’s failure to comply with its contract. Nonetheless, over the past several months, Sabre has worked diligently to understand and be responsive to Lufthansa’s commercial objectives and we have had several constructive discussions about how our technology solutions can support Lufthansa’s business.
“Sabre will defend itself vigorously against this lawsuit.”
-- Michele McDonald