BERLIN Aug 19 Deutsche Bahn is suing
airlines in the United States for operating a price-fixing
cartel affecting its freight business between 1999-2006, the
German transport company told Reuters.
The airlines' price fixing was first exposed seven years ago
and triggered fines of 800 million euros in the European Union
in 2010 and a fine of $1.5 billion in the United States. Victims
of the cartel can sue separately for compensation.
Deutsche Bahn said the companies targeted by the lawsuit in
New York include Air France-KLM, Scandinavia's SAS
, Qantas Airways, Cargolux Airlines
International, Martinair Holland and All
Deutsche Bahn transports 390.1 million tons of freight a
year, via land, rail, sea and air. It made 39.1 billion euros
($5.3 billion) in revenues last year and operates in more than
A source familiar with the case said Deutsche Bahn's claim
stood at more than $500 million. Deutsche Bahn declined to
comment on the sum involved.
The current lawsuit concerns airlines flying to and from the
United States, as well as within the country.
(Reporting by Markus Wacket; writing by Bethan John; editing by