Asia Pacific’s largest travel retailer, Flight Centre, was today found guilty of price fixing by Australia’s Federal Court. The decision upheld a case brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission alleging Flight Centre tried to prevent Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines and Emirates from under-cutting it on airfares.
Flight Centre MD Graham Turner said the company is surprised at the ruling and will appeal.
“As an agent that provides considerable free advice and help to the travelling public, FLT asks for adequate commissions from suppliers and also reasonable access to all deals that they release to the market,” he said.
“Having access to all offers is a logical and natural business request for an agent to make to ensure the customers it serves are not disadvantaged,” Turner added.
“As we have maintained throughout this four-and-a-half year saga, the company is not in the business of making airfares more expensive.
“In fact we regularly suggest to airlines that they lower airfares to stimulate demand.”