South Africa’s Competition Commission has referred eight air cargo carriers to the Competition Tribunal for alleged collusive behaviour that took place over a ten-year period, from 1996 to 2006. The companies face allegations of fixing the price of the fuel surcharges and include: British Airways, South African Airways Cargo, Air France Cargo-KLM Cargo, Alitalia Cargo, Cargolux International, Singapore Airlines, Martinair Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo. Further, Lufthansa, Cargolux, Air France, and KLM face allegations of fixing cargo rates on cargo flown into and out of South Africa and these carriers allegedly met to identify routes and concluded agreements to implement increases in cargo rates on those routes. The commission wants the tribunal to impose an administrative penalty of 10 per cent of the annual turnover on each of the airlines involved, except Lufthansa which has been granted conditional immunity from prosecution.
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