Over 1,450 travel agents have won a class action law suit against QANTAS for its illegal use of the fuel surcharge levy.
QANTAS has been ordered to pay back the travel agents after it was found guilty of not paying commissions on the fuel surcharge levy.
QANTAS told Fairfax newspapers:
“Qantas is disappointed by the ruling and we now need some time to assess our options,”
The class action suit was filed by Leonie’s Travel Pty Ltd, following a similar class action suit that was rejected by the Federal Court. The previous class action suit was targeted toward all airlines.
Lawyers Slater & Gordon claim that the revised class action suit against QANTAS will be a test bed for further law suits to reclaim the unpaid commissions.
QANTAS is expected to pay upward of $20-million in commission following the findings.
It is expected that commissions will be further looked at in the future, especially clarifying the use of levies and surcharges.