QANTAS has been ordered by the Federal Court of Australia to pay travel agents millions of dollars in commission on its controversial airfare fuel levy. Australia’s largest airline argued that it didn’t have to because the fuel surcharge, introduced in 2004, was not part of the actual airfare. But the court said it was and that travel agents should be paid commission accordingly. “In a unanimous decision, justices Bruce Lander, Steven Rares and Anthony Besanko said if they had accepted the Qantas argument, it could class every expense as a surcharge and only pay a commission if it made a profit on a route,” the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The class action was run by renowned litigators Slater & Gordon. Full report.

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