Hertz Ends Partnership with Ryanair Following Contract Dispute

By Paul Riegler on 2 July 2015
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DSC_0441Hertz announced Thursday that it ended its partnership agreement with Ryanair, an Irish low-cost airline.

The move comes after what Hertz termed “lengthy discussions regarding a contractual dispute.”

Hertz said it will honor existing bookings made through the partnership.

“We strongly believe in mutually beneficial partnerships and would never take lightly the decision to end a key relationship,” said Michel Taride, group vice president at Hertz International.

The contract between Hertz and Ryanair, which began in 1997, was extended in September 2013 to 2020.  In April 2014, Ryanair began using global distribution services such as Amadeus and Travelport, which allow travel agents and online booking services to sell Ryanair tickets without going to the Ryanair website, which is where Hertz’s car rental services were advertised.

Following Hertz’ announcement, Ryanair filed suit against the U.S. company.

In a statement, Hertz said it is “confident” in its legal position and intends “to pursue this matter vigorously through the courts.”

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