BA and Virgin accused of colluding
November 20th, 2011 by elisa

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have been accused of colluding over fuel surcharges. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority is fining $135m and $100m respectively for  apparent surcharges forcing Nigerians to pay inflated prices.

BA and Virgin have fervently denied the allegations.

A spokesperson for Virgin Said: “We have fully assisted the NCAA with its inquiry and we do not believe we have breached Nigerian law. We will be robustly defending any suggestion to the contrary.”

The airlines operate 21 return flights a week from Britain to Nigeria between them. According to Times Live South Africa, a Nigerian official has denied that the fines are actually in response to a row over slots; as just a week before the fines, a Nigerian airline was denied slots at London Heathrow and the Nigerian government threatened to cut BA flights in response.



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