Canada Fines Cathay Pacific For Cargo Price Fixing

June 20, 2013

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A Canadian court fined Cathay Pacific Airways CAD$1.5 million (USD$1.4 million) on Thursday after the airline admitted taking part in an air cargo price-fixing cartel, Canada's Competition Bureau said.

The airline's guilty plea related to navigation surcharges Cathay imposed on international air cargo shipments to and from Canada between April 1999 and August 2003, the bureau said in a statement.

"The Bureau's investigation into the alleged conduct of other air cargo carriers continues," it said, noting that the inquiry has resulted in eight criminal convictions and fines of over CAD$24 million so far.

Other carriers that have pleaded guilty to fixing cargo surcharges include Air France-KLM, Cargolux, British Airways, Martinair, Qantas and Korean Air.