Brussels raids KLM and others

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KLM and other airlines received an unexpected visit from inspectors from the EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes on Tuesday.

12 March 2008

BRUSSELS - KLM and other airlines received an unexpected visit from inspectors from the EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes on Tuesday.

The Commissioner for Competition is investigating whether the companies have made illegal price agreements on passenger flights to a non-European country.

The European Commission and KLM announced this Tuesday. The inspections were carried out in cooperation with national competition authorities. German airline Lufthansa, which also acknowledged involvement in the investigation, says the authorities are concerned about possible price agreements on flights from Europe to Japan.

Both KLM and Lufthansa said they were cooperating fully with the European Commission's investigation. A source at Alitalia says the Italian airline was also raided. British airlines British Airways and Virgin Atlantic said they had not had any visits from inspectors.

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