Air NZ settles fuel class action

Air NZ settles fuel class action
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Lawyers acting for travel agents have settled the fuel surcharge class action with Air New Zealand with the carrier set to pay $37,141 to retailers.

Agreement between the parties was reached last night both on the amount to be paid to agents and on costs.

A final order will be made by Sydney's Federal Court on February 7.

Notices will appear in travel media next week, including Travel Today, informing agents of the settlement.

The agreement brings an end to the six-year surcharge action with Air NZ the final carrier to settle.

The Air NZ amount is only modest as most major groups opted out of the class action in 2006. In addition, Air NZ cut commission altogether on trans-Tasman flights in 2006 and introduced commission on the fuel surcharge on international routes in 2009.

Steven Lewis, from Slater and Gordon, the firm acting for agents, told Travel Today: "We are very happy the claim has been resolved. It has avoided having further hearings in court.

"This was last remaining airline and we are happy that after six years the matter has been resolved.

He added: "Travel agents now receive commission on the fuel surcharge."

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