Air NZ and Garuda Indonesia stay on ACCC list
Australia's high court has ruled that price fixing agreements entered into between Air New Zealand, Garuda Indonesia and other international airlines, which occurred between 2002 and 2006, breached the country's competition law.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) took action against Air NZ in 2009, and Garuda in 2010, alleging they colluded with other airlines on charges for fuel, security, insurance surcharges, and a customs fee, for the carriage of airfreight from origin ports in Hong Kong (both airlines), Singapore (Air NZ) and Indonesia (Garuda) to destination ports in Australia.
The high court unanimously dismissed the appeals by each airline and held that all aspects of the market, including the presence of customers in Australia, need to be considered in deciding whether a market is "in Australia". (ah)