The European justice confirmed this Wednesday fines imposed in 2017 by Brussels to 11 airlinesincluding the Chilean-Brazilian airline Latam by cartel in setting prices, although it slightly reduced the amount of some.
Of the 11 sanctioned companies, air France has the largest fine, of 182 million euros (about 202 million dollars), followed by its Dutch partner KLM with 127 million euros (142 million dollars).
These amounts were left unchanged by the European Union court, which rejected the appeals of both companies. The same goes for the Dutch subsidiary Martinair, which must pay 15 million euros ($17 million).
Fines were also confirmed for cargolux (80 million euros, 90 million dollars) and Singapore Airlines (75 million euros, 84 million dollars). SAS from Scandinavia remains almost unchanged, at around 70 million euros ($78 million).
On the contrary, the amounts were slightly reduced to British Airways (84 million euros instead of 104), Cathay Pacific (47 instead of 57), Japanese Airlines (29 instead of 36), Air Canada (18 instead of 21).
The airline Latam should pay 2 million euros ($2.2 million) instead of 8.
Airlines still have the possibility of filing an appeal with the EU Court of Justice within two months.
The cartel formed by the companies lasted a little over six years, between December 1999 and February 2006. The airlines began by agreeing to impose fuel surcharges. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, the discussions were extended to security surcharges.
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