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.
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.
None of the airlines involved immediately responded to requests for comment.
(Report by Angelo Amante in Rome Editing by Alvise Armellini and Matthew Lewis)
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