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ACCC takes Emirates Airlines to court over price fixing

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Sydney – Australia’s consumer watchdog Tuesday took legal action against Dubai-based Emirates Airlines over alleged price fixing in air cargo.

Sydney – Australia’s consumer watchdog Tuesday took legal action against Dubai-based Emirates Airlines over alleged price fixing in air cargo. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said Emirates arranged with other cargo carriers to fix charges between 2002 and 2006.

“The arrangements or understandings were reached in countries including Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates and India,” a statement said. “The ACCC is seeking declarations, injunctive relief, pecuniary penalties and costs.”

Emirates is the ninth airline the ACCC has taken to court over fuel surcharge pricing.

The Federal Court has fined Australia’s Qantas, British Airways, Air France, KLM, Martinair Holland and Cargolux. Action against Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific has been put in train.