AUSTRALIA: Qantas fined $6.5 million in New Zealand

The New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZCC) recommended imposing a fine – its highest ever – of NZ$6.5 million (US$5.1 million) as part of a settlement between the two parties in its air cargo cartel case. Qantas has admitted violating the Commerce Act by exchanging information with other cargo carriers to fix the fuel surcharge component […]


The New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZCC) recommended imposing a fine – its highest ever – of NZ$6.5 million (US$5.1 million) as part of a settlement between the two parties in its air cargo cartel case. Qantas has admitted violating the Commerce Act by exchanging information with other cargo carriers to fix the fuel surcharge component of the price for international air cargo services, including those to and from New Zealand. Qantas’ fine includes a 50 per cent reduction for the airline’s cooperation with the commission’s investigation. Airlines continuing to defend similar charges by the NZCC include: Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Korean Air Lines, Malaysian Airlines System, Singapore Airlines Cargo and Thai Airways International. The first stage of the Court hearing is scheduled to continue until early June. British Airways and Cargolux have also reached settlements with the NZCC, bringing the total amount of fines imposed to NZ$14.1 million. The airfreight cartel allegedly went on for more than seven years.