US court upholds BA fines

The US District Court for the District of Columbia has approved the August plea agreement between British Airways and the Department of Justice on fines of $300 million for infringements of competition law.he court agreed that the substantial co-operation provided by British Airways to the US government justified a significant reduction in fines which under Sentencing Guidelines ranged from $450 million to $900 million.

Willie Walsh, British Airways chief executive said; “As I have previously stated any anti-competitive behaviour is to be condemned at British Airways or at other companies.  It will not be tolerated and we remain vigilant in this respect.”

Today’s court decision concludes the DoJ’s criminal investigation into British
Airways.  The DoJ’s investigation into the conduct of individuals continues.