December 17 - The General Court of the European Union has upheld an appeal by 11 airlines against a EUR790 million (USD864 million) fine, originally imposed in 2010 for air cargo price-fixing between 1999 and 2006.

Air France-KLM-Martinair stood to pay over EUR310 million (USD339 million) and there were smaller fines for Air Canada, British Airways, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, LAN Chile, Qantas, SAS and Singapore Airlines. Lufthansa was not fined in return for acting as whistleblower.

The appeal was upheld because the grounds on which the original judgement had been based were unclear, said the judge.

In a statement, Cargolux welcomed the decision adding that it would conduct a detailed analysis of the Court's decision.