South Africa Fines Airlines For Price-Fixing

Law360, New York (July 13, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In the first government action in a global crackdown on ticket-price collusion in the airline industry, South Africa has fined two airlines for fixing prices through illegal fuel surcharges and other anti-competitive behaviors.

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal fined South African Airways 40 million rand ($5.6 million) and Lufthansa 8.5 million rand ($1.2 million), the agency said.

According to a consent agreement SAA signed with the commission in May, the two airlines used various bilateral accords, including revenue sharing and sales incentives, to fix prices on flights...
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