Japan Airlines admits liability in NZ
The New Zealand High Court has ordered Japan Airlines (JAL) to pay a NZ$2.275 million (US$1.8 million) fine for breaches of the country’s Commerce Act.
JAL admitted liability for its role in a cartel that agreed fuel and security surcharges in Europe, the US and Asia for cargo flown to New Zealand. JAL also admitted liability in relation to cargo flown from New Zealand to Asia.
The penalty was recommended by both the New Zealand Commerce Commission and JAL as part of a pre-trial settlement.
JAL is the fourth airline to have settled with the New Zealand Commerce Commission in relation to illegal air cargo cartel activity, proceedings for which were filed in December 2008. The other three are Cargolux, British Airways and Qantas.