NZ drops cartel charges against SIA/Cathay

The New Zealand Commerce Commission has narrowed its hunt for cargo carriers it suspects of price fixing in the air cargo market with charges against Singapore Airlines Cargo and Cathay Pacific Airways being dropped by the competition watchdog after the two carriers complied with outstanding demands for documentation. The carriers had previously refused to hand […]


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The New Zealand Commerce Commission has narrowed its hunt for cargo carriers it suspects of price fixing in the air cargo market with charges against Singapore Airlines Cargo and Cathay Pacific Airways being dropped by the competition watchdog after the two carriers complied with outstanding demands for documentation. The carriers had previously refused to hand over key documents citing the Commission’s lack of extra-territorial jurisdiction. “The commission has resolved the matter with the airlines, who have now supplied the commission with further relevant information,” said Mary-Anne Borrowdale, general counsel for enforcement at the Commerce Commission. “The commission has now withdrawn the charges against them. We are pleased that the issue is resolved. It is important that businesses respond to the Commerce Commission’s requests for information promptly and comprehensively, so that we can conduct a thorough investigation and have the best possible information to base our decisions on,” she added. Last week the commission announced it had dropped proceedings against six Air New Zealand executives as part of an air cargo cartel case, although it continues against Air New Zealand itself.