MELBOURNE, Dec 19 - Airlines around the world, including Malaysia Airlines, are keeping an anxious eye on an A$80 million (A$1=RM2.74) class action brought by Australian travel agents against six international carriers.
Australian agents are claiming the airlines have deprived them of A$80 million worth of commission and breached the Australian Trade Practices Act by claiming fuel surcharges as a separate tax rather than part of the airfare.
If the class action from more than 1,450 agents against Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Air New Zealand, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines is successful, other international carriers could face claims running into the hundreds of millions of dollars.
According to AAP, travel agents sold 85 percent of the A$16.9 billion worth of international tickets bought in Australia between 2004 and 2006.
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