Flight Centre court case
Flight Centre has resolved to vigorously defend itself yet again from allegations of price fixing, with the long-running case brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission set for a further hearing. The ACCC was granted special leave by the High Court to appeal the former decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court, which last July found in favour of Flight Centre and overturned a previous judgement including the refund of a fine of $11 million levied against the company. ACCC chairman Rod Sims says there is an important legal principle at stake, particularly with the growth of suppliers which sell both directly online and through intermediaries. The case will go to a full hearing of the High Court later this year, with Flight Centre managing director Graham Turner saying he was disappointed the Commission continues to pursue the matter, following the previous “clear and unanimous” judgement. “We are not in the business of attempting to make airfares more expensive and we will continue to fight to be able to seek access to all fares to ensure the millions of customers that we serve are not forced to pay more for their flights,” Turner promised.