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Thai Airways faces ACCC charges on cargo cartel

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 29, 2009

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched proceedings against Thai Airways International on October 29 in the Federal Court as a result of the cargo fuel surcharge cartel investigation.

The ACCC alleges that between 2001 and 2006 Thai “entered into arrangements or understandings with other international air cargo carriers in specific countries that had the purpose or effect of fixing the price of fuel surcharges and security surcharges that were applied to air cargo.” It is therefore seeking declarations, injunctive relief, pecuniary penalties, and costs.

The cargo cartel investigation has so far seen $41 million in fines levied against airlines including Qantas, British Airways and Cargolux, while the ACCC is still involved in court proceedings against Singapore Airlines Cargo, Garuda Indonesia, Emirates and Cathay Pacific.

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