Competition Commission Case Series – Competition Commission vs South African Airways (2005)

Competition Commission Case Series – Competition Commission vs South African Airways (2005)

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Abstract

In July 2005, the BA/Comair (Comair) executives were eagerly awaiting the Competition Tribunal's decision in the case brought by the Competition Commission against South African Airways (Pty) Ltd (SAA), South Africa's dominant domestic airline. The case had been brought on behalf of the Nationwide Group, a domestic air travel rival to SAA. Nationwide lodged its complaint in October 2000, contending that, since 1999, SAA's incentives schemes to travel agents were so attractive as to force travel agents into selling SAA domestic travel tickets to the exclusion of Nationwide. Comair had lodged a similar complaint in October 2003, starting from the same period, but alleging that the incentives were continuing. Its case was yet to be heard. Would the Tribunal judge SAA's schemes as anti-competitive, thus ...

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