Japan Airlines fined US$5.81 million for price fixing on security & fuel surcharge

Airlines — By on April 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Japan Airlines was fined US$5.81million for breaching Australianprice-fixing laws, reported DowJones Newswires.The Australian Competition andConsumer Commission said in astatement JAL admitted to makingand giving effect to illegal pricefixingunderstandings with otherinternational airlines that each ofthem would impose a fuelsurcharge and an insurance andsecurity surcharge on cargo carriedinternationally by air across theirnetworks.It said the fuel surcharges werebetween December 2003 andOctober 2005 and the insuranceand security surcharges were between January 2003 andOctober 2006.”This outcome continues to send aclear message to those involved incartel behaviour – the ACCC will notstop its endeavours to identify andbring to an end illegal price-fixingconduct,” said ACCC chairmanGraeme Samuel.The fine was imposed in Australia’sFederal Court, which also orderedthat JAL not engage in similarconduct for five years.JAL is the seventh internationalairline to settle the ACCC’s aircargo proceedings, with actionagainst six other airlinescontinuing.

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