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Ryanair, Wizz Air and easyJet face Italian probe into Sicily flight prices

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ROME, December 27 (Reuters)Italy’s antitrust regulator said on Tuesday it had opened an investigation into possible price-fixing of flights to and from Sicily by airlines, including Ryanair. RYA.IWizz Air WIZZ.L and easyJet EZJ.L.

The investigation follows a complaint by consumer group Codacons, which alleged “specific collusive intent” by airlines to raise prices for domestic flights to and from Sicily over the Christmas holidays, it said. the regulator in its weekly bulletin.

The suit also targeted state-owned ITA Airways, the successor to former flagship carrier Alitalia, he added.

In a statement to Reuters, easyJet denied any wrongdoing.

“easyJet strongly refutes these claims, adheres to applicable laws and regulations, and will cooperate fully with authorities to demonstrate that it has always acted lawfully and competitively in the best interests of consumers,” it said.

The other airlines involved did not respond to requests for comment.

The cost of flights is particularly sensitive in Sicily, where many natives who live and work in northern or central Italy usually wish to return to the island to spend Christmas with family and friends.

The antitrust authority said its investigation would end by December 31, 2023.

(Reporting by Angelo Amante in Rome; Editing by Alvise Armellini, Matthew Lewis and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

((Angelo.Amante@thomsonreuters.com;))

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