Sabre To Drop American Airlines

Sabre Holdings Corp., a provider of airfare data to travel agencies, will stop carrying American Airlines flight information in August due to an escalating dispute about online ticket sales.

That’s a month earlier than the termination date of Sabre’s contract with American, which was told of the move today, said Chris Kroeger, senior vice president at Sabre Travel Network. Sabre, a former American unit, will end discounts for the airline and change the display of its listings until then.

American pulled fares from travel agent Orbitz.com as the carrier focuses on its own system to share prices, bypassing data distributors such as Southlake, Texas-based Sabre and travel sites including Orbitz.com. Expedia Inc. blocked American fare data on Jan. 1.

“American has taken action to impose a costly, unproven and unnecessary system, while withholding some fare content,” Kroeger said in an interview. “It makes it harder and more costly to comparison shop.”

Ryan Mikolasik, a spokesman for Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines, said he couldn’t immediately comment on Sabre’s action.