Air NZ seeks Commerce Commission to drop its ‘untenable’ cartel case

Victoria
By Victoria May 10, 2013 13:18

Air NZ seeks Commerce Commission to drop its ‘untenable’ cartel case

Air New Zealand is pressuring the Commerce Commission to drop its pursuit of the airline’s alleged involvement in a global cartel on air cargo surcharges.

AirNZ is the only carrier out of 11 not to have settled with the antitrust regulator. The airline is urging the commission to either settle the dispute through more talks, or go to the Court of Appeal to determine the definition of ‘market’, it said in a statement.

“As a state regulator with strict responsibilities to ensure fairness and objectivity it is untenable for the commission to try to enforce a settlement with Air New Zealand when a key piece of evidence has been retracted under oath,” general counsel John Blair said.

“We have satisfied regulators in Europe and the USA concerning our conduct and are close to the end of our defence of allegations in Australia. In the New Zealand market, it is time for common sense to prevail,” Blair said.

Victoria
By Victoria May 10, 2013 13:18
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