ZURICH Jan 10 Switzerland's competition
commission WEKO has fined 11 airlines a total of 11 million
Swiss francs ($12 million) after it found they had agreed on
certain elements of pricing for air freight.
WEKO said that the airlines included United Continental
, AMR Corporation, Singapore Airlines,
Japan Airlines, British Airways, Air France
and Cathay Pacific Airways.
The airlines agreed on freight rates, fuel surcharges,
war-risk surcharges, customs clearance surcharges for the United
States and the commissioning of surcharges, which together
contribute to the price of air freight transport, between 2000
and 2005, WEKO said.
The watchdog said that Lufthansa escaped a fine
because it had reported the practice to the competition body.