JAL fined $2.3 million for price fixing by NZ High Court

Carrier admitted to receiving surcharges for both fuel and security for flights into New Zealand

35 per cent discount Commerce Commission Japan Airlines New Zealand High Court price fixing

Japan Airlines (JAL) has been fined $2.3 million for breaches of the Commerce Act. The fine, incidentally, was recommended to the court by the Commerce Commission and JAL as part of a pre-trial settlement and was imposed by the High Court in Auckland. JAL admitted that it had received surcharges for both fuel and security in Europe, the US, and Asia for flights into New Zealand, as well as for cargo shipped out of New Zealand to Asian destinations.

The carrier got a 35 per cent discount on the fine for admitting its involvement and cooperating with the Commerce Commission’s investigation.