The European Union’s competition watchdog has launched a probe of Amadeus, based in Madrid, and Sabre, based in Southlake, Texas, to gauge whether their contracts with airlines and travel agencies have illegally inhibited competition — with the effect of inflating airfares and hurting consumers. “The commission will investigate whether certain terms in Amadeus’ and Sabre’s agreements with airlines and travel agents may restrict the ability of airlines and travel agents to use alternative suppliers of ticket distribution services,” a European Commission statement said. “This may make it harder for suppliers of new ticket distribution services to enter the market, as well as increase distribution costs for airlines, which are ultimately passed on in the ticket prices paid by consumers.” Amadeus and Sabre denied wrongdoing. Get the full story at Skift and European Commission