The European Commission is set to clear online travel planner Travelport Ltd's proposed 1.4 bln usd acquisition of travel reservations systems operator Worldspan LP, sources told Thomson Financial News.

"It makes sense that this merger will be cleared. We are well into the phase two investigation and the (90 day inquiry) runs out (in) September," a source said.

"What has been said publicly is that the merged entity will be the second largest player, and this was an obvious case for concern. But looking at the companies with the leading shares in the market, this is not an obvious 'gap case' (that would hinder competition)," the source added.

Another source added: "The commission is getting its head around the industry and is less concerned with it than it was five years ago. The travel industry used to be characterised by collective dominance but there has been a change."

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