AUSTRALIA: Qantas pleads guilty to Canadian price-fixing

Qantas Airways recently became the fourth carrier to be convicted in a four-year price-fixing conspiracy involving air cargo exported from Canada. The Australian carrier pleaded guilty to Canada’s Competition Bureau to illegally fixing surcharges between May 2002 and February 2006 on some cargo trucked from Canada to the US for through shipment to Australia and […]


Qantas Airways recently became the fourth carrier to be convicted in a four-year price-fixing conspiracy involving air cargo exported from Canada. The Australian carrier pleaded guilty to Canada’s Competition Bureau to illegally fixing surcharges between May 2002 and February 2006 on some cargo trucked from Canada to the US for through shipment to Australia and elsewhere. The Competition Bureau fined Qantas C$155,000 (US$133,300) for its role in the scheme. The bureau, whose investigation continues, last month fined Air France and KLM, which together make up Europe’s largest airline, as well as Martinair a combined C$10 million for conspiring with competitors about the amount and timing of fuel surcharges on cargo exported from Canada.