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Alibaba expands travel unit

Alibaba Group, which operates China’s biggest e-commerce site, says it is expanding its travel business to include international-airline ticket sales, and plans to take on China’s largest online travel company.

Taobao.com, Alibaba’s retail website, on Wednesday began selling tickets online for international flights and is aiming to undercut ticket prices of Ctrip.com International Ltd, the current market leader in China, and other competitors. A Taobao spokesperson said it would match the price of any non-Taobao listing and subsidise an additional discount in order to attract buyers.