Lufthansa announced in June that it would charge passengers €16 for booking tickets via travel agents rather than through its own website. It was the first major airline to push back against the “global distribution systems”, such as Travelport, Amadeus and Sabre, that underpin the travel industry. But Gordon Wilson, chief executive of Travelport, dismissed the idea that a revolt is imminent. “You will excuse me if I’m a little sceptical. We will see if Lufthansa holds to its strategy,” he said. “You have to be concerned when the [Lufthansa] chief financial officer calls something strategic. That usually means it is going to lose money.” Mr Wilson said the surcharge was simply an attempt by Lufthansa at imposing a new fee on passengers. “Lufthansa has admitted that its own [booking] alternative is not fit for purpose. They are trying to put a surcharge on people who book through travel agents and hoping that consumers will eat the extra cost for the benefits of booking through the travel agents.” While German passengers may be forced to stomach the fee because of a lack of competition, he said, Lufthansa would lose business on long-haul flights to its competitors. He added that other airlines were locked into long-term deals with the GDS companies. Get the full story at the Financial Times