General Court of the European Union dismisses Singapore Airlines’ appeal against the Commission’s Airfreight cartel decision


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The General Court of the European Union (GCEU) has today dismissed an application for annulment brought by Singapore Airlines (Singapore) in respect of the European Commission’s Airfreight decision, by which it found that numerous airlines including Singapore had participated in a worldwide cartel relating to fuel and security surcharges and thus in a single and continuous infringement of Article 101 TFEU (and analogous provisions contained in the EEA Agreement and the EC‑Switzerland Air Transport Agreement).  Singapore advanced five pleas in support of its claim for annulment, alleging numerous errors of law and fact and errors of assessment, but the GCEU has rejected all of them.  The GCEU has also upheld the fine of €74.8 million imposed on Singapore.  The Judgment can be found here.

Christopher Brown was instructed by the Commission in this case.