South Korean flag carrier Korean Air has pleaded guilty to involvement in an air cargo price-fixing cartel on certain routes from Canada between April 2002 and February 2006, Canada’s competition watchdog said on Thursday.
The Competition Bureau imposed a CAD$5.5 million (USD$5.46 million) fine on the airline, the seventh to be convicted in the scheme, which the bureau continues to investigate.
“The bureau is committed to pursuing those who engage in anti-competitive behaviour that harms Canadian businesses and consumers,” Melanie Aitken, the commissioner of competition, said in a statement.
The six other convictions occurred in 2009 and 2010 and include Cargolux, Air France, KLM, Martinair, Qantas and British Airways.
The bureau has imposed fines so far totalling CAD$22.6 million.