The EU General Court annuls the EU Commission’s decision fining a number of cargo airlines for a price fixing cartel (Airfreight Cartel)

The General Court annulled the airfreight decision adopted in November 2010 by which the European Commission fined a number of air freight carriers EUR 799 million for a price fixing cartel. According to the Court, the grounds of the decision and the operative part of the decision were contradictory. Background to the Dispute In November 2010, the Commission found that 21 air freight carriers infringed EU antitrust rules by coordinating their behavior in regard to surcharges for fuel and security, both of which determine pricing of freight services, on routes between the EU/EEA and airports in third countries for various periods. The Commission imposed fines totalling EUR 799 million. With the exception of Qantas Airways, the carriers challenged the Commission decision before the

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Collette Rawnsley, Stephen Mavroghenis, Geert Goeteyn, The EU General Court annuls the EU Commission’s decision fining a number of cargo airlines for a price fixing cartel (Airfreight Cartel), 16 décembre 2015, e-Competitions December 2015, Art. N° 77425

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