Flight Centre appeals Federal court ruling

first_img“We also expressed surprise, based on our view that the case related to legitimate discussions between Flight Centre and some airlines to ensure it had access to all fares that were released to the market, Flight Centre Travel Group has lodged an appeal to the Federal Court’s decision to uphold the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) case that it fixed prices on international flights. ““When the ACCC initiated legal action in 2012, we considered the case ironic given that Flight Centre pioneered airfare discounting in Australia,” Mr Turner said. Flight Centre’s managing director Graham Turner said that Flight Centre could not believe that the ACCC made the case in the first place. However, Flight Centre believes it has grounds to win the case, claiming that the previous Federal Court judgement contained “errors and inappropriate extensions of the law” and that the AUD $11 million fine it received is “manifestly excessive”. The Federal Court has previously ruled that Flight Centre had competed with airlines on retail or distribution margins on international affairs and sought to stop the airlines under cutting those fares. Source = ETB News: Tom Neale “Having access to all fares is important because it ensures our customers are not disadvantaged.”Flight Centre has said it will respect the Court’s decision in the event it loses again.  Flight Centre’s decision means that the Full Court of the Federal Court will hear the case, which alleges that Flight Centre tried to illegally price fix flights by attempting to collude with Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Emirates over four years, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.last_img read more